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Taking Care of Your Child's Mouth

Children with special health care needs, just like all children, need proper oral health care from birth.  Regular dental visits and proper oral hygiene will keep your child’s mouth healthy and cavity free. 

According to the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, special needs children are almost twice as likely to have unmet dental problems compared to children without special needs.

Gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums, is common among children, but even more so for children with special health care needs. Some medications taken by children with special health care needs may cause dry mouth or gingivitis, complicating their oral health.

Parents who have a child with special health care needs understand that regular oral hygiene and visits to the dentist can be difficult.  Here are some tips to make it easier and more productive for everyone.