Pediatric dentists have unique expertise and extra training to treat children with special needs.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1 in 5 households in the U.S. include at least one child with a special health care need. Given that many general dentists don’t treat children with special needs, parents and caregivers may find it challenging to find a dentist to care for their child. This may be one of the reasons that dental care is the leading unmet health care need among children with special needs, according to the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center.
So, what do parents and caregivers need to know in order to ensure healthy little teeth and overall well being for children with special needs?