General aims

Caring for people in ways

we would want for our loved ones

  • Improving access to dental care
  • Reducing inequalities
  • Improving the quality of the service
  • Improving oral health
  • Provision of the primary dental care appropriate to the individual needs
  • Treat people with compassion, dignity and respect
  • To reduce the cost of dental care

Rules in Special Dental Care to improve patient’s quality of life by teaching dental students and young dentists: a) empathy ‘cultivation’, b) enhancement of observational skills, c) enhancement of subjective analysis

Patient-centered clinical practice involving: a) inner experience, b) perspective of the patient, c) capability to communicate this to the patient

Key skills of caring clinician: interpersonal relationship, communication competency, diagnostic observational skills, understanding the patient, observing body language, focusing on important nuances, empathy, methodical approach.

 How SCD team may achieve the goals ?

  • Service integration
  • Cooperation and team work
  • Flexible approach
  • Efficient management
  • Empathy and professional passion


Strenghts of Special Dental Care:


  • access provision for children and special needs individuals not able to get dental care in mainstream general dental practice
  • short waiting times
  • good relationship with other dental stakeholders accepting referrals from all sectors


  • wider oral health promotion: caries prevention and management, oral cancer prophylaxis and perio prevention programmes should be based on needs assessment and the local Oral Health Strategies recommendations
  • use of mobiles to improve pt attendance