special needsNo matter the circumstance, medical history or behavior of your child, we want to work with you to find the best approach for seeking optimal oral health. Dr. Shawn’s training at UF including treating patients along the wide spectrum of autism, unique syndromes, complex medical histories, immunocompromised, wheelchair bound, and children with craniofacial anomalies. Please let us know on the phone ahead of time any tips to help the appointment go smoothly (1st appointments of the day, fears the child has or past experiences) and you can help us by brining an updated list of medications, consults from physicians and phone numbers of specialists they see.

My Visit to the Dentist – A Child’s Guide

Click Here to download the Toolkit from Autism Speaks


Oral Facial Desensitization

Click here for oral facial desensitization excerises to practice at home to help things run smoother before your next visit.


Teeth Brushing

Brushing can be a fight for a child with special needs, especially those with oral aversions. Often we recommend a 3-sided toothbrush to make it easier for the caregiver to make sure they are cleaning a surfaces of the teeth. This helps brushing get done faster for overly-sensitive kids and adults.

Links:
https://differentnotless.us/products/three-sided-toothbrush-special-needs-adultchild-toothbrush

http://www.specializedcare.com/shop/pc/Surround%C2%AE-Toothbrushes-c37.htm

Also, your child may enjoy the Disney Magic Timer that counts down the time to left to brush and distracts them from the chore:


https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.disneydigitalbooks.DisneyMagicBrushTimer_goo&hl=en