A Parent’s Guide to Dental Care for the Child With Autism

smiling little girl sitting in dental chair listening to female dentist holding teddy bear There is a lot to think about when it is time to take a child with autism to the dentist for the first time, but being preparing can help. One short blog post probably won’t cover all of your questions and concerns, but the following list of things to keep in mind may be of some help!

Your Child’s First Visit

Of course, finding the right dentist for your child is the first step – the staff at Pound Ridge Cosmetic Dentistry specializes in working with children. Here are some other tips that can help your child to be comfortable at the dentist and to have healthy teeth:

  • Children should see the dentist regularly. This is important for the oral health of every child, but especially those with autism. Children with special needs are at a higher risk of having oral health issues, so seeing the dentist often can help ensure their teeth are healthy. Making it a habit to go to the dentist will also help your child to become more familiar and comfortable with the dentist and the care he or she provides.
  • Parents can prepare ahead of time. Ask your child’s dentist if it is all right to come in a few days before your child’s appointment to take pictures of the dental chair, the instruments, the parking lot, the waiting room, and the staff. You can use these pictures to prepare your child for their appointment and show them what the visit will be like.
  • It’s OK to ask a lot of questions. Asking questions of your child’s dentist will ensure that your child gets the best dental care. You might want to ask for any tips on helping to keep your child’s teeth healthy at home; if a prescription fluoride product should be used; and how any medication they may be taking may be affecting their oral health.

Is it time to bring your child in for a dental checkup? The staff at Pound Ridge Cosmetic Dentistry in Pound Ridge, New York, will do everything they can to make sure it is a good experience for both of you. Call 914-764-3540 for an appointment today!


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