Cerebral Palsy is a diverse condition that affects each person differently. Some people with Cerebral Palsy will be affected in ways that have implications for their dental care.
If you have Cerebral Palsy and are concerned about your own dental care, or if you care for someone with Cerebral Palsy, this may answer some of your questions and point you to more support and advice.
For someone with Cerebral Palsy, dental care difficulties or damaging oral habits could mean:
having behavioural problems caused by not being able to communicate toothache or other sensations.
Difficulties brushing teeth
There are a range of reasons why some people find it difficult to clean their teeth.
If you have difficulty controlling hand or arm movements, it can make hard to clean teeth effectively. It might be easier to use a toothbrush with a special handgrip or other adaptation. Sometimes switching from a manual to an electric toothbrush might help.
Your dentist should be able to give you general advice. An occupational therapist may also be able to advise you.
Cost of dental treatment
Treatment is available under the National Health Service or privately, depending on the dental practice you register with.
NHS treatment is free to those under 18, pregnant women and for treatment within a year of giving birth. Generally, NHS treatment is also free to anyone receiving means-tested benefits (Turn2Us).
If you are on a particularly low income but do not claim any benefits, you may still be able to get help with dental charges.