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Considerations for Transgender Patients Requiring Dental Rehabilitation

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Transgender youth are at risk for poorer oral health and may have a more difficult time accessing health care. Pediatric dentists should be aware of risk factors that impact care in the dental office and operating room settings. Medical care avoidance is common and can be reinforced when patients feel unsupported or misunderstood when receiving care. Intentional or unintentional environmental indignities, which communicate negative attitudes toward transgender patients, may occur from unknowing providers. Identified here are best practices and opportunities for improvement when providing care for these patients. Dental care for the transgender patient requires a welcoming and inclusive environment that encourages continuous comprehensive care for these individuals.

Keywords: ACCESS TO CARE; ADOLESCENTS; PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY; TRANSGENDER

Document Type: Case Report

Affiliations: 1: Dr. Discepolo, Associate, Department of Dentistry, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Boston Children???s Hospital, Boston, Mass., USA 2: Mr. Aquino, Senior Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Boston Children???s Hospital, Boston, Mass., USA

Publication date: January 1, 2022

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  • Acquired after the merger between the American Society of Dentistry for Children and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in 2002, the Journal of Dentistry for Children (JDC) is an internationally renowned journal whose publishing dates back to 1934. Published three times a year, JDC promotes the practice, education and research specifically related to the specialty of pediatric dentistry. It covers a wide range of topics related to the clinical care of children, from clinical techniques of daily importance to the practitioner, to studies on child behavior and growth and development. JDC also provides information on the physical, psychological and emotional conditions of children as they relate to and affect their dental health.
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