Special Needs

Dental Care for a very Special Child heartwatercolor

We are committed to providing the best dental care for all children regardless of their developmental or other special health care needs. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry defines persons with special health care needs as individuals who have a physical, developmental, mental, sensory, behavioral, cognitive, or emotional impairment or limiting condition that requires medical management, health care intervention and/or use of specialized services or programs.

We are trained to diagnose and treat dental problems in patients with special needs with the utmost care. Our reward is forming life-long friendships with them and their caregivers.

By establishing our office as your child’s dental home, you and your child will learn preventive oral health practices which significantly reduce your child’s risk of preventable oral disease and be on his/her way to a healthy mouth!

heartrocksCommonly Asked Questions:

Do special children have special dental needs?

Most often, they do. Some special children are very susceptible to tooth decay, gum disease or oral trauma. Others require medication or diet that may be detrimental to dental health. Still other children have physical difficulty with effective dental habits, like brushing and flossing at home. The good news is that dental disease is preventable! If dental care is started early and followed conscientiously, every child can enjoy a healthy mouth and smile!

How can I prevent dental problems for my special child?

A first dental visit by your child’s first birthday will start your child on a lifetime of good dental health. Our practice will take a full medical history, gently examine your child’s teeth and gums, brush their teeth, apply fluoride treatment, and then plan preventive care designed for your child’s needs.

Will preventive dentistry benefit my child? toothpaste2

Most definitely! Your child will benefit from the preventive approach recommended for all children which consists of effective brushing and flossing, healthy diet, moderate snacking, and adequate fluoride. Sealants can prevent tooth decay on the chewing surfaces of molars where cavities often occur.  Home care takes just a few minutes a day and may prevent unnecessary dental problems.

Are pediatric dentists prepared to care for special children?

Absolutely! Pediatric dentists have two or more years of advanced training beyond dental school. Dr. Chow’s education as a  specialist focuses on the care for children with special needs. In addition, pediatric dental offices are designed to be physically accessible for special patients.