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Division of Special Care Dentistry - Nursing Dentistry

The Division of Special Care Dentistry provides dental care for those who have difficulties with dental care due to mental and physical diseases or disabilities, and also engages in research and education regarding special care dentistry.

Staff

position
name
E-mail (below@, dent.osaka-u.ac.jp)
Professor
Associate Professor
Shigehisa Akiyama
akiyamas@
Associate Professor
Junpei Murakami
jumpei@

Research

Division of Special Care Dentistry - Nursing Dentistry

We are pursuing investigations of intractable diseases and the realization of barrier-free care.
The Division of Special Care Dentistry has been investigating the causes of dental disease characteristics in individuals with disabilities and is developing special care procedures for them.
Dental diseases specific to handicapped individuals are primarily early-onset periodontitis in Down's syndrome and gingival hypertrophy (see photo) induced by agents such as anti-epileptic drugs.
With a goal of developing therapies for those diseases, the division is attempting to clarify their causes.
We are also endeavoring to develop methods of behavior control and modification using a psychological approach for individuals who are difficult to treat in clinical situations. For autistic children, we have developed a method of inducing adaptive behavior to dental treatment using visual support (photo: supportive picture guidance), which can be applied in clinical situations.
Furthermore, to promote barrier-free dental care, we are developing a Braille text system for visually impaired patients, and a sign language and writing system for hearing-impaired patients as communication support tools.
As we improve the medical environment for individuals with special needs, our developments for their care and barrier-free services should be applicable to a broad range of medical situations outside of the field of dentistry


Division of Special Care Dentistry - Nursing Dentistry