Dental Care for Autistic Children

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) includes many symptoms, including sensitivity to new sounds, smells, and sensations. This can make visiting the dentist and oral hygiene routines at home a challenging experience. Good dental care is still essential to a child’s health. Here’s are some things to think about.

Finding an Oral Hygiene Routine That Works Can Take Time

Helping your child care for their teeth can be difficult. Nowever, if they neglect regular habits at home, they can develop serious oral health problems. First, understand what issues your child is facing. Many autistic kids are sensitive to flavors, so you may have to try a variety of toothpastes. An overactive gag reflex can be an issue so experiment with different toothbrush sizes. Is your child drawn to certain sensations? A toothbrush that plays music or an electric toothbrush that buzzes can make teeth-cleaning more enjoyable.

Preparing Your Child for the Dentist Can Make Appointments Easier

Getting comfortable with at-home oral hygiene is one thing, but visiting a dentist’s office can be overwhelming. To prepare them, talk about why visits to the dentist are important. Walk them through what will happen so they aren’t surprised. We’re happy to meet your child beforehand, so when they come in for a cleaning or other treatment, we’ve already been introduced.

Talk to Us About Your Child’s Specific Needs

Our pediatric dentists are here to make visits as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Before an appointment, we recommend talking to us about your child’s specific needs so we can accommodate them. We’ll also discuss any steps you can take to make the appointment easier, such as bringing headphones, a favorite toy, or anything else that can relieve stress. If a child can’t sit still for an appointment, we offer nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. For IV sedation, we work with the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.

Serving Kids With Special Needs at Cibolo Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in Cibolo, TX

Many conditions can make dental care difficult for kids and their parents, including autism. Our dentists are highly qualified and experienced, so if you’ve been searching for a pediatric dentist that can accommodate your child, please consider visiting us! We’re committed to providing great dental services to every patient. If you have any questions about at-home dental care or you want to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.

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