New Tufts dental clinic opens for special needs

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WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - The Tufts University School of Dental Medicine is opening a new clinic in Worcester, Mass. for patients with special needs.

The dental facility which opens on Wednesday focuses on providing oral health care to those who have behavioral and intellectual disabilities.

Tufts research from 2012 shows that people with special needs are more likely to have poor oral health including gum disease, untreated tooth decay and missing teeth because of a lack of specialized care. They say those with behavioral or anxiety issues require specific resources and techniques not available in most dental offices.

The school runs eight clinics across the state - including in Canton, Taunton, and Springfield - which serve about 7,000 people a year.

The first clinic opened its doors in 1976.

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