Anna Forsyth1*, Elisa Herrman2, Kareem Raslan2, Stephanie Ortiz2, Celina Lee2, Alyssa Galhano2, Allen Yoshinaga2, Theresa Kim2, Courtney Verloo2, Manizha Rezayee2, Claudia Lyashenko3 and Curtis A Machida1,3
1Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry, Portland, Oregon, USA
2Academic DMD Program and Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry, Portland, Oregon, USA
3Department of Integrative Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences, Oregon Health & Science University School of entistry, Portland, Oregon, USA
Pediatric dentists have an important role in the care and maintenance of oral health for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The primary goals of dental care are to maximize oral health and function, and to help facilitate understanding of the primary features of ASD with families and other medical and dental providers. To assist oral health professionals in the understanding of autism and associated comorbidities, this report reviews the medical presentation of patients with autism and implications for dentistry. We describe the physiological, behavioral, sensory and gastrointestinal considerations of ASD, as well as associated medical conditions, pharmacologic and non pharmacological behavior guidance, and dental considerations for the management of patients with autism. Optimization of oral health is more likely when providers understand the context of patients who present with autism and are able to educate families, guiding them toward effective interventions for health.
Forsyth A, Herrman E, Raslan K, Ortiz S, Lee C, Galhano A, et al. Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children: Behavioral, Sensory and Gastrointestinal Considerations and Assessment of Oral Health. J Dent Oral Biol. 2018; 3(4): 1138.