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Medicina Oral, Patología Oral y Cirugía Bucal (Internet)

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BRUNA DEL COJO, Marta; GALLARDO LOPEZ, Nuria E.; NOVA GARCIA, Joaquín De  and  MOURELLE MARTINEZ, Mª Rosa. Dental treatment for disabled children in the Spanish Public Health System. Med. oral patol. oral cir.bucal (Internet) [online]. 2007, vol.12, n.6, pp.449-453. ISSN 1698-6946.

The Spanish Public Health System is stepping up its efforts to meet all the medical needs of the population. Oral health is of increasing interest for society, especially for parents who are keen for their children to have healthy teeth. Disabled children with both physical and mental disabilities do not always receive the dental care they need. The purpose of this bibliographical review is to evaluate the services provided by the Spanish Public Health System to such children. We have noted marked differences in the types of dental treatment given to these patients in the different Autonomous Communities of Spain. Some, such as Asturias, Navarra and Extremadura, offer specific care for disabled children. Others, such as Ceuta and Melilla, provide more general care.

Keywords : Disabled children; Public Health in Spain; dental care.

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