Research Progress Report #29

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Secondary Condition Survey: Dental/Oral Health Item.  Dental/Oral Hygiene Problems: People with developmental disabilities are at greater risk for dental malformations and disease. Teeth may be missing, thinly enameled, abnormally shaped, or poorly cared for. This can lead to decay, a poorly fitting bite, tooth aches, or progressive tooth loss. You may also observe consistent bad breath, which can indicate tooth decay or infection. Poor dental hygiene can limit social interactions or eating pleasure. The respondent indicates the amount of limitation associated with a dental/oral hygiene secondary condition by choosing a number from 0 to 3. Is there an Individual Plan objective addressing this secondary condition? (The respondent chooses “yes” or “no”.)

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