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Meeting the Challenges of Special Needs Dentistry

When Elizabeth Page, who has cerebral palsy, was a little girl, she and her younger sister Kathy went to the same dentist. Their mother, Deb Valley, would carry both her daughters up the stairs to the second-floor practice and place Lizzie in the dental chair.

Then Elizabeth began using a wheelchair when she turned 12, and her dentist’s office didn’t have an elevator. Such physical obstacles are just one of many barriers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities encounter in seeking dental care.