Exceptional Smiles for Special People
Everyone deserves a beautiful smile! People with special needs are no exception. For many people with special needs, their smile is their most important means of communicating with the world around them. As parents and caregivers of children or adults with Autism or Cerebral Palsy you know that maintaining that smile can sometimes be challenging. Often important oral care tasks, like brushing and dental visits, can be difficult and, therefore, postponed and, even worse, avoided. This website will assist you in caring for the oral health care needs of special needs people by providing information, tips and videos. We hope you will find that with a little knowledge and planning, a healthy smile is absolutely achievable. Let’s get started!
It is not easy knowing what to do or how to find a special needs dentist who can help with your client’s specific needs. You might have a lot of questions. Maybe he or she has trouble staying still long enough for you to brush or maybe you are having trouble finding a way to position yourself to brush his or her teeth. What type of dentists can take care of his or her needs? What will the visit to the dentist be like? How can I prepare? What options do I have? This website will explain all of that information and answer all of your questions. With all of the other challenges you face while taking care of the needs of your child or client, we hope to eliminate brushing and a visit to the dentist as an obstacle to good oral health.
The Importance of Oral Health
Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping your mouth healthy by brushing, flossing, cleaning your tongue, and visiting the dentist every six months. Not only your teeth, but your gums and tongue are an important part of your mouth. We need to keep all of these parts of our mouth clean and healthy for a beautiful smile. When proper care is not taken, an accumulation of plaque and bacteria on the surface of your teeth will lead to cavity formation. A cavity is a hole that is created by the bacteria.
It is also important to keep up your oral hygiene, since many of the medications that the special needs population takes on a daily basis are high in sugar. Without regular brushing, this sugar it is easy for plaque to accumulate and cavities to form.
Preventative care is essential and important to avoid future dental problems. They can be avoided by proper home care and visits to the dentist. A special needs dentist will perform a thorough cleaning of your teeth because it is hard for us to reach all the areas of our mouth.
Oral hygiene in individuals with disabilities is especially important because of their lack of ability to take care of their own teeth. For example, cerebral palsy is a disorder of muscle movement, and muscle tone. These individuals have impaired movement and exaggerated reflexes. The caregiver becomes a pivotal part in their oral hygiene. With brushing and regular visits to the dentist, the majority of dental problems can be completely prevented. You as the caregiver can learn simple ways to modify brushing with different tools, instruments, and positioning. Just simply brushing can help prevent so many problems. The same is true for taking your special needs client to the dentist. Using this website, you can find the right dentists that have the best knowledge and skills to care for your child’s or client’s needs. You can help prevent cavities and other dental problems saving your client unnecessary pain and stress.