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Children with Special Health Care Needs

Sometimes the dental care of children with special health care needs such as autism, cerebral palsy, seizure disorders, ADHD, asthma and others is overlooked.  Often it is because parents spend so much time addressing their child’s general health or are not sure if a dentist will be comfortable treating their child.

Please remember a child’s oral health care is key to their general health, making good dental care for children with special needs even more important.

 

Recommended Children’s books

  • Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist
  • A Visit to the Dentist (Dora the Explorer)
  • Just going to the Dentist (Little Critter)
  • The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss

Tips for a Successful Visit

Our goal is to build a trusting relationship with you and your child that will last for years.  There are a few things you can do to help in preparing your child for a visit to the dentist.  First, please let your child know that the dentist is here to help keep your teeth healthy.  While toothbrushing at home, practice counting your child’s teeth and opening wide.  Lastly and most importantly, expect your child to react well and enjoy their visit.

Infant Oral Health Visit

The infant oral health visit, at the age of one, provides valuable information about the care of your infant’s teeth, the start of healthy habits, and a discussion of age appropriate dental development. During this visit we will do an examination, may even brush your child’s teeth, and apply topical fluoride based on individual assessment.  Our dental team will review proper brushing, bottle/sippy cup use, oral habits, nutrition, and answer any of your questions.

When should I schedule my child’s first visit to the dentist?

Early dental visits are all about prevention.  That’s why it’s so important to start building a good foundation for your child’s oral health.  The Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and The American Academy of Pediatrics recommend children visit the dentist within the first 6 months after the first tooth erupts or by 1 year of age, whichever comes first.

Why a Pediatric Dentist?

  • Trained and qualified to meet a child’s oral health needs
  • Manage dental and medical problems unique to children
  • Guide and monitor growth and development
  • Provide a safe, encouraging, and family friendly environment where children feel comfortable during dental visit

 

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