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Dental Care Considerations for Children with Special Needs

At Molldrem Family Dentistry, we believe every child deserves the best dental care, regardless of their unique needs. Today, we’re diving into an essential topic: dental care considerations and resources for children with special needs. Caring for their oral health can be a different journey, but with the right information and support, we’re here to ensure your child’s smile shines brighter than ever.


Understanding Children with Special Needs

Children with special needs encompass a diverse group, including those with developmental, medical, or physical conditions. These conditions may include autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, sensory sensitivities, or complex medical histories. Each child is unique, and their dental care should reflect that individuality.


The Importance of Early Dental Care

Early dental care is crucial for all children, but it’s especially vital for those with special needs. Here’s why:

  1. Prevention: Regular dental check-ups can prevent common oral issues and discomfort.

  2. Early Intervention: Early detection allows for prompt intervention, addressing potential problems before they worsen.

  3. Education: Dental visits provide opportunities to educate both parents and children on proper oral hygiene practices.


Tips for Successful Dental Visits


  1. Find a Pediatric Dentist: Seek out a pediatric dentist experienced in treating children with special needs. They are trained to provide a positive and supportive environment.

  2. Sensory Considerations: Share sensory sensitivities with your dentist. They can adjust the environment to minimize sensory overload.

  3. Visual Supports: Visual schedules and social stories can help prepare your child for the dental visit, reducing anxiety.

  4. Communication: Keep communication open with the dental team. Share your child’s medical history, medications, and any changes in their health.


Community Support

In Lakeville and Eden Prairie, there are resources available to support families of children with special needs:

Dental Care for Children with Special Needs



  1. Local Support Groups: Connect with local support groups or organizations that provide guidance and community.

  2. Therapists and Specialists: Seek recommendations from your child’s therapists or specialists for dental care providers experienced in treating children with special needs.



Children with special needs deserve exceptional dental care tailored to their individual requirements. At Molldrem Family Dentistry in Lakeville, we’re committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive dental services for all children. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s dental care, please reach out to us. Together, we can ensure that every child’s smile receives the attention it deserves. Call us today at 952-974-5116 or visit our page to schedule an appointment. Your child’s dental health is our priority, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.