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Special Needs Pediatric Dentistry
Finding the perfect pediatric dentist for children or adults with special needs can sometimes be a challenge, but they require dental care just as much as anyone else.
Fortunately, our pediatric dentists have advanced training beyond dental school that allow them to interact positively with your child, understand their unique needs, and work to use behavior management solutions and sedation techniques to help your child feel safe and relaxed.
In addition to a highly trained staff, our office is fully equipped to accommodate all special needs children, allowing us to administer care in an environment that's comfortable for your child.
This oral care is essential for all children, and even though oral health can sometimes take a backseat to other health conditions, we can help treat existing conditions as well as give you some home care and nutrition tips.
Oral Conditions in Children with Special Needs
Cleft lip or palate, Down syndrome, neurological disorders, cerebral palsy, and vision and hearing impairments are common medical conditions requiring special dental care, as well as learning and developmental disabilities. Some of these conditions or disabilities can cause additional oral health concerns.
Down syndrome and other genetic disorders that can cause:
- Delays in tooth eruption
- Malformed teeth
- Extra teeth eruption
- Congenitally missing teeth
Crowding of the teeth or having teeth that are misaligned can leave children prone to gum disease and tooth decay, because these teeth are more difficult to clean.
In some cases of disability or cerebral palsy, children may habitually grind their teeth, making them flat as they gradually break down the enamel.
Tooth decay and gum disease can also be a result of a child's impaired immune systems and connective tissue disorders.
By visiting a pediatric dentist who has experience with special needs patients, you can rest assured that your child will be with someone who understands them and will give them the best care possible.