Chemical Dependency: Considerations for the Oral Health Professional
There are implications for oral health
professionals in identifying and managing the client who is abusing illegal substances.
Management issues relevant to the delivery of oral care for a variety of reasons.
Recognize characteristics of individuals with addiction issues
Understand and define addiction
Identify stages of substance abuse.
Consider oral effects of substance abuse
Review alerting behaviors by the substance abuser
Identify dental management considerations for the client abusing chemical substances.