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
It’s not unusual for kids to feel anxious in a setting filled with strange people, strange chairs, strange noises and smells, and strange tools. A great dental practice will do their very best to warmly welcome all in your family and make them feel as comfortable as possible.
Even still, your child may struggle with dental anxiety. Fortunately, you can do a lot to minimize their fear!
Encourage a Positive View
Don’t use a trip to the dentist as a threat for misbehavior! Talk about the dental office as the routine thing it is. Avoid asking your child if they are nervous. This could lead them to believe that they should be nervous! Let them know you’ll be there if they need you, but also that you’re confident they’ll do fine on their own.
Set an Example
If your child is very young, they may feel better when they get to see you getting your teeth cleaned! They’ll realize that there is nothing to be afraid of – if mommy or daddy made it out all right, then they can too!
Bring Along Distractions
Some kids feel a lot better when they have their favorite blanket or stuffed animal close at hand. A book or movie on an electronic device could be all your child needs to relax and tolerate treatment comfortably.
Communicate with the Dental Team
Your local dental office is experienced with working with kids. They’ve probably had a very successful protocol in place for years. Let the team know of your child’s unique needs. They’ll happily work with you to make your child’s treatment a success!
Posted on behalf of:
Sycamore Hills Dentistry
10082 Illinois Rd
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
Children love to ask their parents when they will finally lose their very first tooth. Parents love to ask their children’s dentist when their child will finally be finished losing their baby teeth. Transitioning from baby to adult teeth can be a fluctuating, time-consuming process, especially for parents that are concerned about the appearance or presence of some of these teeth.
Most children begin to lose their first tooth around Kindergarten, but this can fluctuate. The first adult teeth to appear are typically the 6 year molars, which erupt just behind the back primary molars. While they are called 6-year molars, they can erupt between ages 5-7 and it still be completely normal. Some people find that boys are a little slower in tooth development in girls, but not always. As far as the front teeth are concerned, the lower front incisor teeth are usually the first ones to fall out and be replaced with an adult tooth.
The last teeth to fall out are the baby molars or canine teeth. The permanent premolars and cuspids begin to erupt anywhere between ages 10-12, but vary between children. In total, your child will lose 20 baby teeth and have 32 permanent teeth develop. The last set of teeth to develop is the 3rd set of molars (or wisdom teeth.) These usually erupt in late teen years all the way through a person’s 20s.
If the adult teeth seem slightly out of alignment, this may be completely normal, but it’s still important for your child to have their teeth checked by a dentist at least twice each year. This allows any tooth misalignment issues to be addressed as early as possible, preventing orthodontic complications later on.
Posted on behalf of Grateful Dental
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