Special needs children often have special oral health needs. Symptoms of their condition, taking certain medications, oral sensitivity, diet, and difficulty eating can all contribute to dental issues. The same can be true for children with conditions such as seizure disorders, vision and hearing impairments, or learning disabilities.
Children with special needs have a greater risk for oral health problems, so it's essential to ensure you’re practicing good dental hygiene at home with your child and that your child gets routine dental care from a dentist.
Some of the most common dental concerns affecting children with special needs include:
Medications or conditions could affect saliva production and cause dry mouth. This can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and oral infections.
Your child could be grinding their teeth during the day or while sleeping, and grinding may damage teeth over time.
Holding food in their mouth
Some children hold food in their cheeks or mouth, a condition known as food pouching. This can make it easier for bacteria to grow and cause cavities.
Delay of tooth eruption
Sometimes the teeth take a longer time to come in for children with special needs. This is often seen in children who have Down syndrome.
Diabetes, sinusitis, certain medications, and digestive problems may all lead to bad breath.
The pediatric dentists at Pleasanton Pediatric Dentistry are experienced in treating children with special developmental disabilities, behavioral issues, or are physically challenged. We are specially trained to cater to those with special needs, and our offices are made accessible for them.
Don’t delay a visit to the dentist if you are concerned with how your child may react. We will work together to find solutions that will keep your child comfortable during dental procedures and cleanings and will give your child the attention they need for a positive and successful dental experience to put you both at ease.
Call us today to discuss various options to address your child’s unique needs and schedule a pre-appointment visit to see the facility, the exam rooms, and meet our dentists.