CU School of Dental Medicine Offers Comfort and Care to Patients With Special Needs
Bruce Jackson, a retired Microsoft engineer battling a degenerative neuromuscular disease, believes his health decline began with a cracked tooth in 2009 after experiencing an allergic reaction to the prescribed penicillin. Later diagnosed with myasthenia gravis and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, Jackson initially thought he would not need regular dental care because he receives nutrition via a feeding tube. However, after viewing a video made by the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative, which discussed the impact of oral health on tracheostomies and lungs, Jackson decided to find a dental home. The University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine’s Senior and Special Care Clinic turned out to be the perfect place for him. The clinic is prepared to address the oral health needs of those with complex medical problems and offers a specially trained staff and students who are well-prepared to help this patient population maintain their oral health. Click here to read more.