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27Mar2015

For Patients With Autism: 3 Tips To Make Dental Visits Easier

APPROXIMATELY 1 IN 68 CHILDREN identifies on the autism disorder spectrum. We know autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) can present challenges for children and their families, especially in an unfamiliar place like our dental office. Because April is Autism Awareness Month, here are some ideas to help:

Tip #1: Practice At Home To Minimize The Surprise

Practice following the simple commands like “open your mouth,” “say ah,” or “look at the light.” Invite him or her to lie down in a recliner, so the dental chair feels more familiar.

Tip #2: Educate Your Child About Dental Care

Take opportunities to stress the importance of clean strong teeth, and how the dentist will help them stay happy and healthy. Let your child know about the appointment ahead of time, and answer all of his or her questions.

Tip #3: Help Your Child Feel In Control With Oral Health Routines

Feeling in control will help your child enjoy their dental routine more. Let them pick their toothbrush and the time of day they brush and floss.

We’re Your Partner In Your Child’s Dental Care

Of course, you’re the one who knows your child’s needs the best. Talk to us about what we can do to help you. Know a family who could benefit from this post? Please share!

Thanks for being such great patients and friends.

Top image by Flickr user Lali Masriera used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

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