APEx-D: Autism Parent Experiences of Dentistry

PenCRU and Professor David Moles, Director of Postgraduate Education and Research, Peninsula Dental School supported Nicole Thomas, a parent of a child with autism and a dental hygienist, to secure funding from the Oral & Dental Research Trust.  The project (APEx-D) aims to identify key strategies to improve access to general dental care for children with autism spectrum disorders in the prevention of dental caries (tooth decay).

This research will involve interviewing parents of primary school aged children in Somerset and Devon, UK about their experiences of taking their child with autism for a dental examination. Members of our Family Faculty have helped design this research which has now received ethics approval.

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