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Disabled adults in sheltered employment: an assessment of dental needs and costs.

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Abstract

In this dental survey of a multi-disability sheltered industry, 233 adults were examined. When compared to adjusted North Carolina values, the workers exhibited poorer oral hygiene with higher rates and severity of periodontal disease. DMF-T totals were equal to those statewide; however, workers had more decayed and fewer missing teeth. Significant unmet restorative and prosthodontic needs were found. Treatment cost estimates at 1983 fees were $421 per capita, with a median fee of $240.

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