If you have a child with special needs, then you have far more to worry about than his or her teeth. But adequate oral health is essential to a healthy body ,so your child deserves the very best dental care available.
Lower the Risk for Disease
Children with special needs may be at increased risk for gum disease or tooth decay because of medication, certain health conditions, or genetics. Treating every single dental problem isn’t always realistic, however. That’s why prevention is usually the best method.
Limit the amount of time your child’s teeth are exposed to acids and sugars which wear down enamel and promote cavities. Try to keep your child hydrated with water instead of juice, sports drinks, or soda. Save sweet drinks and other special treats for mealtime.
Are they a mouth breather? Consider using extra fluoride to keep decay at bay.
If your child resists brushing and flossing, encourage them to at least rinse with water after meals. This will help wash away some harmful acids.
Attempt Brushing and Flossing, if Possible
Clean your child’s teeth each day to the extent they can handle. Use a small amount of fluoride toothpaste to prevent decay and a very soft brush to avoid irritating the gums. Floss as much as your child will tolerate.
Find a Compassionate Dentist
Most general and pediatric dental practices are equipped to meet the needs of your entire family, including those with special needs.
The earlier you start bringing your child to the dentist, the sooner they’ll adjust to the idea and relax. Introducing dental care later in childhood could be a traumatic experience. Your child may need frequent preventative appointments to keep their smile healthy.
Ask a dentist near you for more suggestions on caring for the smile of your child with special needs.
Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
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