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Dentists highlight oral health care gap for people with disabilities

9th District's Dr. Raquel Rozdolski among those addressing the oral health care gap for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Raquel Rozdolski, D.M.D., director of anesthesia and pain control at New York's Touro College of Dental Medicine, and Susan DiSenso-Browne, D.D.S., director of special needs at TCDM, are working to raise awareness about and address the oral health care gap for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the school reported. They want to increase the number of dental providers who are trained to provide oral health care for this population, and in 2020 they launched the Smiles United program, which allows dental providers to connect virtually with patients with disabilities. "From lack of provider training to insufficient facilities and services to transportation roadblocks, or lack of oral health education by the individuals' caregivers, many people with IDD go months to years without proper dental care," said Dr. DiSenso-Browne.

Full Story: Touro College & University System (1/10)

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