Worth Repeating: Dentist Tips for Children with Aspergers
Thanks to our friends at NEPA Special Needs Networking for sharing this great article with us!
“My son would rather have a mouth full of cavities – and the pain that goes with it – than go to the dentist. Are there ways to help a child with Aspergers become less fearful of dental work?”
Children with Aspergers and High-Functioning Autism have the same rate of dental problems as the general population. As hard as it is for most children to go to the dentist, it’s even harder to have a positive dental experience for kids on the spectrum. Even so, there are some things you can do to improve the dental experience for your child.
Below are some tips. Some will work – some won’t. But everything here is worth a try
- Visit the dentist’s office before an actual visit.
- Have the child touch the equipment.
- Explain to the child what will happen.
- Have the child bring a comfort item like a favorite toy or blanket.