How to Take Care of an Autistic Child’s Oral Health

Taking care of an autistic child (or a child with any type of developmental disability) presents unique challenges for dental care providers as well as parents. Children with autism can fall anywhere on the autism spectrum and therefore will have various needs.

As is true for any child, it is very important to make sure autistic children have access to quality dental care. Here are some ways to make sure he or she receives the very best oral health care possible.

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4 Causes of Tooth Decay

Tooth decay occurs when plaque forms on the teeth. Plaque is a film created by bacteria that sits on the teeth and eventually causes damage if it is not removed. Plaque contains acids that eat away at tooth enamel, creating small holes called cavities. As the process continues, the tooth becomes infected and the patient may lose the tooth.

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Tooth decay is a serious concern for pediatric dentists as well as parents, and for good reason. The baby teeth not only enable the child to eat, speak, and smile, but they also reserve space for the adult teeth. Tooth decay at an early age can have lasting effects on a child’s oral health.

Therefore, it is very important to prevent decay as much as possible.

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