OSCAR Project outputs: Practical & reusable resources for the practitioners

  1. Dental management of the child dental patient with cerebral palsy

Article on dental management of children with cerebral palsy. Review of literature and case report. available: https://rjd.ro/volume-xxiv/no-3-4-2021/dental-management-of-the-child-dental-patient-with-cerebral-palsy/

  1. Childhood Asthma: Part I. General aspects and Oral Features

Literature review on oral features in children with asthma and ways this condition influences oral health. available: https://rjd.ro/volume-xxiii/no-1-2020/childhood-asthma-part-i-general-aspects-and-oral-features/


  1. Childhood Asthma: Part II Children with Asthma and Oral Health

Research paper on the ways childhood asthma impacts oral health and dental treatment of kids suffering from this condition. Available: https://rjd.ro/volume-xxiii/no-2-2020/childhood-asthma-part-ii-children-with-asthma-and-oral-health/

  1. Disability, Oral Health and Quality of Life

Literature review article presenting the ways disability impacts oral health, everyday living and quality of life. Ways to improve the quality of life of these kids are sought, practical suggestions are given. Available: https://rjd.ro/volume-xxiii/no-1-2020/disability-oral-health-and-quality-of-life/


  1. Conscious Sedation in Dentistry for the Management of Pediatric Patients with Autism spectrum disorders

Comprehensive review of currently available literature on the use of various methods of conscious sedation for effective dental management of children with autism spectrum disorders. Available online (open access) at: https://www.mdpi.com/2227-9067/9/4/460/htm https://doi.org/10.3390/children9040460


  1. Management of large inflammatory dentigerous cysts adapted to the general condition of the patient: Two case reports

Research article on the ways the patient’s general condition (e.g. autism) may influence therapeutic decisions and clinical evolution. available: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine 2021; 22 (1): 750. https://doi.org/10.3892/etm.2021.10182


  1. Ecological Study on the Oral Health of Romanian Intellectually Challenged Athlet…

Research on the oral health status of intellectually challenged athletes from various regions of Romania; comparison with peers from other countries. Potential causes for the actual situation are explored and analyzed and ways to improve are suggested. Open-access journal: https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare10010140

  1. Special oral care in educational systems from four European countries

Research article on how special oral care is taught in project countries, both to under- and postgraduate students. Curricular differences are reflected in dental practitioners’ self-perceived skills and attitudes towards providing oral care to children with special healthcare needs. This research served as a base for an upgraded SOC curriculum proposal within the current paediatic dentistry residency program. Available: https://rjd.ro/volume-xxiv/no-3-4-2021/special-oral-care-in-educational-systems-from-four-european-countries/


  1. Assessment of oral health and habits in a group of school children with intellectual disabilities

Research article on the oral health status of children with intellectual disabilities attending a special school in Bucharest, Romania; comparison with peers from other countries. available: https://rjd.ro/volume-xxiii/no-3-4-2020/assessment-of-oral-health-and-habits-in-a-group-of-school-children-with-intellectual-disabilities/

  1. Comprehensive study regarding the oral health of Special Olympics athletes in the Erasmus+ OSCAR project countries – France, Italy, Romania, Turkey

Research article on the oral health of Special Olympics (SO) athletes in the 4 countries involved in the project, aiming to get a comparative picture of the situation. The research concludes that SO athletes from the four analysed countries still have a lot of unmet dental treatment needs and few sealed permanent teeth. Romanian SO athletes have poorer oral health status as compared to peers from Italy, France, and Turkey. An upgrade of the standard Special Smiles screening protocol could enable more reliable comparisons between SO athletes from various countries. Targeted preventive programs and educational projects for patients, families and dentists are needed in order to improve oral health of people with intellectual disabilities.

available: https://www.rjor.ro/comprehensive-study-regarding-the-oral-health-of-special-olympics-athletes-in-the-erasmus-o-s-c-a-r-project-countries-france-italy-romania-turkey/

  1. Oral health of mentally challenged Romanian athletes, still a challenge in 2018

Research article on the oral health of Romanian Special Olympics athletes in 2018, based upon clinical data gathered by project team prior to project start. Study results, published in November 2019, were used as a start point and motivation for the OSCAR project. available: https://rjd.ro/volume-xxii/title-oral-health-of-mentally-challenged-romanian-athletes-still-a-challenge-in-2018/


  1. Orthodontic management of children with complex general conditions: possibilities and limitations

Presentation of clinical examples of orthodontic management of children with special health care needs with treatment planning rationale. Orthodontic treatment comes with undoubted benefits, yet orthodontic management of patients with special needs may raise consistent challenges. Some general conditions may associate specific or non-specific orthodontic problems. A very realistic assessment of the possibilities to correct altered functions is to be made before treatment planning, as perpetuated malfunctions or habits can -and will- compromise orthodontic results. Practitioners need to modulate expectations (own and parents’) and conduct a beneficial and predictable – even though not always ideal – treatment plan. https://rjd.ro/volume-xxiv/no-3-4-2021/scientific-abstracts-of-update-congress-latest-news-in-dentistry-bucharest-18-20-february-2021/

oral presentation with published abstract

Oral manifestations in children with sleep disorders

Research paper Oral health is a mirror of general health and one of the systemic health issues that directly affects the oral cavity is sleep disorder. Sleep is a fundamental process of the human body, which regulates core biological functions. People with sleep disorders have various problems, including oral and systemic conditions and altered quality of life. Research suggests that various oral malformations found in newborns and young children can manifest as obstructive sleep apnea in children. Dentists may be the first healthcare providers who can identify sleep disorders during oral health assessment and make referrals to professional healthcare providers to obtain proper treatment. Authors: Ahu Durhan1, Francois Clauss2, Işıl Özgül Kalyoncu3, Ameerah Suleiman1, Raghda Gadaou1, Betul Kargul1 Submitted and accepted for publication in the Romanian Journal of Dental Medicine, No.1-2/2022

Other: published paper – accepted, in press

  1. Upgraded Special Oral Care Curriculum for PD residency programs

An upgraded curriculum for the Special Oral Care section of the Paediatric Dentistry postgraduate (residency) programs was drafted as a result of evaluation and comparison of the curricula currently in use in project countries, taking into account the recommendations of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry (EAPD). The document represents a tool for university centers hosting postgraduate training programs in Paediatric Dentistry in Romania and a suggestion for other countries where PD residency curriculum does not include SOC. An upgrade in SOC curriculum for PD residents in Romania represents a step towards levelling training with European standards. Original version in Romanian. English version available.

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  1. Providing dental treatment to children with special healthcare needs: Be prepared, not afraid


Webinar for young dentists specializing in Paediatric Dentistry, organized in Strasbourg, France, by Franch OSCAR partner (HUS), with invited speakers from the other partners Language: English Available in the Virtual library section of the OSCAR digital Platform.