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Special Needs Dental Care Tips from Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics

By: Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics  04/10/2014
Keywords: Dentistry, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry

If you’re the parent of a child with special needs, you may find yourself overwhelmed at the idea of providing proper care for their teeth. There are a number of things that you can do to make the dental care much easier (and safer) for you and your child: 1. Start at a Young Age - if you establish proper oral hygiene habits from an early age, children will be more apt to continue the habit with ease. 2. Ease the Brushing Process - for many children with special needs, gripping the small handle of a toothbrush can be difficult. To make things easier for them, consider attaching a larger, grippable handle around the brush or finding an oversized toothbrush to make brushing easier. 3. Make Brushing Fun - if you have the opportunity to turn brushing into an enjoyable activity between you and your child, do it! Once brushing becomes a positive experience, it will become easy to integrate it into a regular routine. 4. Find a Great Children’s Dentist - it is absolutely necessary that you provide your special needs child with a dentist that specializes in providing excellent care to children with special needs. When you find a dentist you’re comfortable with, be sure to complete paperwork before arriving to the appointment in order to keep things running smoothly (and quickly) on the day of the appointment. 5. Talk About It - before taking your child to the dentist, it is important that you are open and honest with him or her about what they can expect during the appointment. It may be helpful to hold your child in your lap while brushing to prepare for their dental visit. This will allow them to get used to the idea of someone’s hands being close to their face/mouth with dental instruments when appointment day comes around. 6. Bring a Comfort Object - It might be a good idea to bring along your child’s favorite toy, blanket, etc.… to the first few appointments. Having a comfort object nearby can help to ease any stress involved with being put into a new (and maybe scary!) situation. About Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, the offices of Drs. Delaney, Plunkett, Ralstrom, Makowski, Thanasas, Ker, and Associates Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics has specialized in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics since 1968. Our family-friendly office gives patients and families a more comfortable and consistent experience with dentistry from the very beginning. The pediatric dentists treat children from newborn to 18 years of age while our orthodontists provide care for both children and adults, including being an Invisalign preferred provider. The ability to treat all special needs patients reaches beyond our facility, which has treatment rooms available for children who require additional privacy. Valued hospital affiliations allow dental services to be performed at DMC Children's Hospital when needed. Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics 39400 Garfield Rd., Suite 200 Clinton Township, MI 48038 586-286-0700 www.mychildsteeth.com

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