Dental Care for the Special Needs Child
Dr. Smith and his staff really enjoy seeing children in the community who have special needs and talking to parents to show them how their children can grow up free from dental problems and with a positive attitude towards coming to the dentist. Some special needs children do tend to be more susceptible to gum disease, tooth decay or dental injury. Specific dietary needs and certain medications can also take a toll on a child’s oral health. Dr. Smith has years of experience, which allow him to serve the special-needs community with sensitivity and enthusiasm.
From an early age it is important that parents of special needs children understand the need for preventive dental care. We recommend that parents schedule their child’s first dental visit by the age of one. This is an opportunity for Dr. Smith to assess your child’s oral health and to create a customized plan for preventive care.
It is always better to prevent or intercept a dental problem than to treat it down the line. This is often accomplished by proper brushing and flossing, by limiting snacking and by ensuring an adequate amount of fluoride is available. During your child’s first visit, we may discuss the use of sealants to protect chewing surfaces from decay.
Caring for Special Needs Patients
As a pediatric dental specialist, Dr. Smith has completed two years of advanced training beyond dental school. This training focuses on the unique needs of your child. Our office was designed with accessibility in mind. We will attend to your child’s unique requirements during their office visits. Important decisions include which behavior management techniques to use and whether to consider gentle restraint or the potential benefits of using sedation or anesthesia. These will all be discussed during your child’s initial consultation.