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Dyslexia in dentistry: recommendations to support dental professionals and students with dyslexia


Dyslexia is the most common learning difficulty. It affects 10% of the global and UK population. It is a protected characteristic and thus it is recommended that reasonable adjustments are made for individuals in order to help them be successful in their career. This article has identified the need for more research into the impact of dyslexia on dental professionals. Through analysing the literature and from personal experience, recommendations are outlined to support dentists, dental students and dental care professionals with dyslexia.

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  • It is important dental professionals with dyslexia feel supported to disclose their condition in the workplace and in higher education.

  • It is a legal obligation for dental educators and employers to provide reasonable adjustments for individuals with learning difficulties.

  • Increased awareness of dyslexia is necessary in dentistry to educate the dental team how to support dental professionals with this condition.

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LM conceived the idea, conducted, and analysed the literature review and lead the write up of the article. DK helped with the literature search and the manuscript completion.

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Maybin, L., Keshani, D. Dyslexia in dentistry: recommendations to support dental professionals and students with dyslexia. Br Dent J 231, 580–583 (2021).

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