Special Needs Dental Care Specialist

Santa Clarita Children's Dental

Pediatric Dentists located in Valencia, CA

Having a child with special needs poses unique health problems that might include difficulty with dental care. As clinicians with special training in pediatric dentistry, the dentists and staff at Santa Clarita Children’s Dental in Valencia, California know how to provide oral care to children with special needs. If you’re looking for a pediatric dentist for your special needs child, call the office or book an appointment using our online app.

Special Needs Dental Care Q & A

What types of special needs children do dentists treat?

The dentists at Santa Clarita Children’s Dental are trained to treat any child with a special need, including those with developmental and cognitive delays, anxiety, physical impairments, sensory disorders, and emotional problems.

Will my special needs child feel comfortable in the dentist’s chair?

The Santa Clarita Children’s Dental office is designed to help children, including those with special needs, feel comfortable and safe.

To ease any concerns you may have when bringing your child to the dentist, you can set up a pre-appointment to see the office and meet the dentists and staff to discuss your child’s specific health and dental needs.

Are there specific dental health concerns for special needs children?

Good health includes not only the body but the teeth, too. And as a parent with a special needs child, you have a lot on your plate when it comes to managing health.

The specially trained dentists at Santa Clarita Children’s Dental can help you understand your child’s individual oral health needs. Specific oral health concerns for special needs children include:

  • Delayed tooth eruption
  • Overcrowding
  • Misalignment
  • Cavities

For the dentist to get a complete picture of your child’s dental needs and develop the best plan of care, it’s essential to provide a detailed medical history.

For example, specific health issues, including immune and connective tissue disorders, and medicines may interfere with the health of your child’s teeth. As such, it’s crucial that you tell your child’s dentist whether your child has any of those conditions.

How can I improve the oral health of my special needs child?

It may be a bit more challenging, but it’s important to take care of your special needs child’s teeth as you would those of any other child.

Help your child get used to regular oral cleaning by wiping their mouth with a soft cloth every day, starting as soon as you get home from the hospital. When your child’s teeth begin to pop through the gums, switch to a soft baby toothbrush with infant toothpaste. 

Also, you can help reduce the risk of cavities by giving your child a healthy diet and limiting sugary foods. Brushing after eating also keeps their mouth clean and may help prevent cavities.

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.