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Oral Health Care for Patients With Spina Bifida

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As a complex neural tube defect, spina bifida causes a variety of impairments that can impact the provision of dental treatment.

After reading this course, the participant should be able to:

  1. Discuss the prevalence, incidence and ramifications of spina bifida.
  2. Define the risks and protective factors associated with the development of this neural tube defect.
  3. Differentiate between various types of spina bifida, and list common impairments and complications associated with this condition.
  4. Identify oral health care considerations for this patient population.

This course was issued in the December 2018 issue and expires 12/31/21. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.


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