Oral care recommendations

  • Boys with DMD should see a dentist with extended experience and detailed knowledge of the disease, preferably at a centralized or specialist clinic. The dentist’s mission should be to strive for high-quality treatment, oral health and wellbeing and to function as a resource for the families and the boy’s own dentist in his home community. This dentist should be aware of the specific differences in dental and skeletal development in boys with DMD and collaborate with a well informed and experienced orthodontist.
  • Oral and dental care is to be based on prophylactic measures with a view to maintaining good oral and dental hygiene.
  • Individually adapted assistive devices and technical aids for oral hygiene are of particular importance when the muscular strength of the boy’s hands, arms and neck begins to decrease.

Information based on consensus statement (published in January 2010)