For many children with Autism, the dentist, and even basic dental care, can be pretty scary. This can lead to challenges for Mom and Dad who are only looking out for the health of their child. At our Long Island pediatric dental office, we have some fun solutions that can make dental care easier for our most special patients.
The act of brushing and flossing alone can be quite an uncomfortable feeling for an autistic child. By introducing them to the world of oral hygiene at home, it can be a bit more comfortable for them. Start by choosing a toothbrush that’s properly sized for their mouth and make sure the bristles are soft. Then introduce the brush to your child by touching his lips with it. Gently touching your child’s face with the toothbrush may help him to adjust to this weird new texture. You may also want to brush your own teeth in front of your child to help him realize that it’s not harmful.
The search for the right pediatric dentist in Long Island for your Autistic child may seem intimidating. However, organizations like Autism Speaks make that a bit easier by providing a list of dental offices in your area that specialize in Autistic care. You can find one by heading over to www.AutismSpeaks.org/community/resources. Once you find the right dentist, here’s a little guide to make your appointment a bit less stressful.
With a little at-home preparation, along with choosing the right dentist, your dental care challenges can be a thing of the past for your autistic child; and you can help her begin an oral health care routine that will last for life.
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