Helping Kids with Special Needs Maintain Healthy Smiles

Kid Playing DentistMany children with special needs are at increased risk of developing dental issues. This can be due to an aversion to the feel of a toothbrush or to the taste of toothpaste, medications with a high sugar content, or oral trauma caused by uncontrolled movements. Whatever the cause, it’s important to address the situation with compassion in order to give these children healthy smiles. Mint Hill’s Dr. Bevin Malley of Carolina Kids Dentistry offers tips that can help.


Help kids to hold a toothbrush by putting it in something easy to hold, such as a foam hair roller. If a child suffers from uncontrolled movements, such as biting, placing gauze on the back teeth can aid during brushing. Play music while brushing to keep your child engaged and make the activity fun.

Dental Visits

Take your child to the dentist when they reach their first birthday or when the first teeth erupt. Early exposure to the dentist’s office and staff can help a child become accustomed to the sights, sounds, and people in a dental office and lessen the fear factor. Make sure that the doctor and staff exhibit patience and compassion when dealing with your child.

Having the dentist explains everything that he or she is doing will go a long way toward helping your child remain calm. Explain the dental visit to your child beforehand and prepare them for what to expect. This may include “playing dentist” with your child to get them used to someone touching their teeth.

Make sure to prioritize dental care visits for your child to lessen the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental conditions that could cause your child undue stress and discomfort.

Compassionate Care for Kids

At Carolina Kids Dentistry, our goal is to provide all of our patients with a lifetime of healthy smiles. If you have questions about your child’s care or want to schedule an appointment with Chapel Hill NC pediatric dentist Dr. Malley, call us today.