Special Needs Dental Care Q & A
What special needs can you work with?
Our practice is designed to meet the needs of all children. The dentists at Santa Clarita Children’s Dental can assist any child with a special need, including those with developmental and cognitive delays, anxiety, physical impairments, sensory disorders, and emotional problems.
Will my child feel comfortable at the practice?
The Santa Clarita Children’s Dental office is designed to make all children feel relaxed and comfortable. If you think your child needs time to adjust, we can schedule appointments that are just about getting to know us and the office before any procedures are completed.
Are there dental health concerns unique to children with special needs?
This will vary based on the needs your child has. Some oral health concerns that are common in children with special needs include:
- Delayed tooth eruption
It is important that we have a detailed medical history before starting treatment, as some conditions can interfere with dental health or complicate procedures. This is especially true with immune and connective tissue disorders.
What should I do to help my special needs child maintain their oral health?
Start by getting your child used to oral cleanings multiple times a day. This can start right after birth by wiping their mouth with a soft cloth a few times each day. Once the first tooth emerges, switch to a baby toothbrush with infant toothpaste. Have your child stick to a healthy diet and limit sugary foods.
As a pediatric dental office, the staff at Santa Clarita Children’s Dental know how to help your special needs child feel more comfortable at the dentist. Call or book online today to learn more.