Children often have a fear of going to the dentist. For children who have special needs, the idea of going to the dentist can be truly terrifying. Children with intellectual disabilities, physical impairments, or sensory issues can often face struggles when going to the dentist. For that reason, you should search for a dental practice that consistently works with children with special needs. As you search for pediatric dental care services, make sure you take the following tips into consideration:
Establish a Solid Dental Hygiene Routine at Home
Before you even broach going to the dentist, make certain your child is familiar with oral care. You can do this at home with a good oral hygiene routine at home. For some children, brushing and flossing can be scary or triggering. Some kids have fears of a toothbrush. If your child has this issue, start out by wiping their teeth with a washcloth. Cloth is not as tough as a toothbrush and can be less intimidating. You can begin to transition to a toothbrush slowly as your child can tolerate it. If flossing is an issue for your child, let them try it themselves first. You can show them what to do on your own teeth, then give them a piece of floss and see if they emulate your behavior. They may not get even close to their gums at first, but giving it some time will help them become familiar with the process and ultimately help them get used to flossing.
Pick the Perfect Dentist
While there is no such thing as a perfect dentist, you should try to find one as close to perfect for your child as possible. Check with different dental practices in your area to see if they are experienced in working with children with special needs. You can visit different dentists to get a feel for the practice and to ask any questions you may have. Bring your child with you to these appointments so they can get acclimated to the office. As you visit each practice, take note of the office atmosphere, the overall demeanor of the staff, the cleanliness of the area, the colors on the walls, and if they have good physical access to the treatment rooms. Once you meet the dentist, ask all the questions you have about how the process works, particularly when working with children with special needs. Ask if they make accommodations for time if your child is having a difficult moment. See how long a typical appointment lasts and what work they do during the appointment. Also, ask about flavored versus unflavored dental products, as some children struggle with different flavors. All of these little details can make or break your decision to go with a certain dentist.
Children with special needs deserve a dentist who is willing to work with their challenges. Good oral health is crucial, so finding an accommodating dentist is the key to ensuring your child's teeth remain healthy.
My name is Shawna Banks and this is a blog that focuses on health issues that affect women. I became interested in women's health when my sister began having medical problems. After her condition worsened, she went to see a doctor. After her diagnosis and successful treatment, I helped her research the different kinds of health conditions that are common in women. By becoming knowledgeable about these types of problems, we can keep ourselves healthier. I hope that when you read this blog, it will help you to identify symptoms that shouldn't be ignored. If necessary, you can schedule an appointment with your physician as soon as possible.