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Special Needs Children
Created by udent on 2/1/2008 12:00:00 AM

Most special needs children require special treatment, some children are very susceptible to tooth decay, gum disease, and others require medication and have physical difficulty that required special attention.


Do special children have special dental needs? Special Need Children
Most special needs children require special treatment, some children are very susceptible to tooth decay, gum disease, and others require medication and have physical difficulty that required special attention. 
 
When should special children have their teeth checked?
As early as one year old, special needs children should have their teeth checked regularly by a pediatric dentist. The pediatric dentist will take a full medical history, examine the child's teeth and gums, and then plan preventive care plan designed for the special child's needs.

Will preventive dentistry benefit special needs children?
Preventive approach recommended for all children- effective brushing and flossing, fluoride treatment, and controlled snaking. Regular professional check-up, cleanings and are also very beneficial. Sealants can prevent tooth decay on the chewing surfaces of the back molars.

Are pediatric dentists qualified to care for special children?
Yes, Pediatric dentists have training beyond dental school. Their education as specialists focuses on care for children with special needs. In addition, pediatric dental offices are designed to be physically accessible for special patients.

Will the child need special care during dental treatment?
Yes, they need gentle, caring approach to feel comfortable during dental treatment. Sedation may benefit most special children. If a child needs extensive treatment, the pediatric dentist may provide care at a local hospital. The pediatric dentist will select a technique based on the health needs of your child, and then discuss the benefits, and risks of that technique with the parents.
 

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