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The Benefits of Visiting a Special-Needs Dentist for Your Child

Choosing a pediatric dental practice introduces your child to dentistry in a positive way, so that oral hygiene and routine dental care assume a normal and ordinary part of life, not an experience to be feared or dreaded. When your child also has special health care needs (SHCN), they benefit from the additional training and experience of a practice versed in special-needs dentistry techniques.

Pediatric special-needs dentistry encompasses emotional, cognitive, and developmental factors as well as typical dental care treatment. This broadened scope brings sympathetic treatment as well as dental care with a wide medical perspective that keeps your child’s overall well-being in mind.

Pediatric dentistry

The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry agree that your child should visit the dentist before their first birthday. From the moment your child’s teeth erupt, preventive dental care makes sure that oral health develops along with the rest of their young bodies.

In many cases, these early checkups are just that, checks to assure there are no issues along the way. When a problem does arise, then it’s caught early. As with most health issues, early detection usually leads to easy repair.

Also, starting your child at such a young age means they grow into good oral care habits naturally. Choosing a practice that specializes in pediatric care, such as Easy Dental Care, is a natural choice.

Special-needs dentistry

Matching dental care to a child with SHCN builds out from that child’s needs. This embraces a slower approach than typical dental appointments, allowing time for the child to adjust as well as the dentist learning how best to treat the child. Pediatric dentists have additional training, two years or more beyond that of regular dentists, since many techniques unique to children serve as a foundation for SHCN care, too.

Depending on your child’s special needs, they may have a greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Medications or dietary needs may also place a burden on oral health, and children with physical disabilities may not be able to follow regular oral care procedures at an early age. There are greater technical aspects of treating a child with SHCN as well as interpersonal conditions that may make treatment more challenging.

Special-needs dentistry considers your child’s comfort. Sedation, anesthesia, and behavior management are all focal points of the pediatric specialty, a skill set that permits the best chance for your child to receive all-important dental care without causing anxiety or trauma.

The expert dentists at Easy Dental Care are ready and able to discuss your child’s particular needs regardless of health condition. Your knowledge of your child can be vitally important as your dentist develops a treatment plan.

Contact Easy Dental Care today, by phone or online, to schedule an oral exam for your child. Please feel free to explain any SHCN at the time of booking, so that we can accommodate your child — and you — comfortably. A healthy smile is something that anyone can share with the world, and great oral health starts at an early age.

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