Dental Care for Children with Special Needs

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Gloved hands with tools examining a boy's teethChildren with special needs can have unique issues when it comes to caring for the health of their teeth, gums, and mouth. This may be due to the symptoms of their health condition, need for medications that contain sugar, diet, trouble with eating, or oral sensitivity. Dental care may take a back seat to other burning medical issues. Yet, because of the greater risk for children with special needs, it is vital to practice good oral health care.

  • Common Dental Concerns: learn how your child's health condition may affect their oral health
  • Tips for a Healthy Mouth: get tips for daily tooth care and help for challenging situations 
  • Going to the Dentist: find out when to start, how to find the right dentist and prepare your child
  • Resource List: find links to more information on dental care for children with special needs for parents as well as medical and oral health professionals