The use of stock fluoride trays in the management of soft tissue trauma in children who are comatose

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Pediatric patients who are comatose may develop a neuropathological chewing or clenching reflex that results in self-inflicted injury to the soft tissues of the oral cavity. An early and quick response to these problems may minimize the extent of soft tissue trauma. The use of a stock fluoride tray in the hospital management of a pediatric patient who was neurologically impaired and unconsciously traumatizing his oral soft tissues is described. This treatment modality may serve as an initial or interim device in managing pediatric patients with uncoordinated mandibular movements or clenching. In some instances, given the sometimes self-limiting nature of this problem, fluoride trays may serve as the sole mode of treatment.

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