Dental care resources for supporting patients with a learning disability or autism

  • Date: 28 May 2021

A USEFUL update of resources and advice to support dental patients with a learning disability or autism has been published by NHS England.

This includes information and links to Public Health England's comprehensive guidance on Oral care and people with learning disabilities and also an “easy read” booklet on dental care aimed at patients with a learning disability or autism.

Chief dental officer Sara Hurley and Dr. Roger Banks, NHS national clinical director for learning disabilities and autism, commented in the update: "Many patients with a learning disability, and those with additional support needs, can be successfully supported to achieve better oral health in primary dental care.

"They may need reasonable adjustments, such as additional time, accessible and focused pre-appointment information, clear communication with the individual and carers and support to manage anxiety or other issues that may impair their ability to engage with the assessment and treatment process."

Link: Better supporting our patients with a learning disability and autism

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