By Annelise Hardin, DDS
February 21, 2020

Children with special needs are often prone to developing periodontal disease and cavities because brushing and flossing might be an acutely difficult task. Here at Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry in Chapel Hill, NC, Dr. Annelise Hardin and Dr. Shauna Woody understand that each patient is different, and provides an environment that is safe, fun, and educational for all patients. If your child needs extra care during their dental appointment, we offer special needs pediatric dentistry services to protect and improve the quality of their oral health.

What is Special Needs Pediatric Dentistry?

Also referred to as special care dentistry, these preventive, cosmetic, and restorative services put a primary focus on the unique needs of children with intellectual, developmental, physical, or sensory impairments. These obstacles can make it difficult for them to maintain teeth and gums on their own throughout their lifetime, and some patients require additional consideration and accommodation to lay a substantial foundation for oral health. At Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry, we always ensure that your child is comfortable every step of the way, keeping them as informed as possible so that there are no surprises.

Preparing Your Child for the Appointment

For children with special needs, unfamiliar faces, unsettling smells, and strange tastes all can present some challenges during a dental appointment. However, visiting the dentist doesn't have to be scary when you have the help of a little preparation and encouragement beforehand. Before introducing your child to our Chapel Hill, NC, office, try playing a game of "dentist" at home with some of the tools you use to keep your teeth healthy. Have them hold the equipment so that they become comfortable and recognize the device when they sit in our dental chair. We also encourage parents and patients to take a virtual office tour on our website, so they know what to expect.

Time for a Checkup? Give Us a Call

If you're seeking a pediatric dentist equipped and experienced to maintain the unique needs of your child, Dr. Annelise Hardin and Dr. Shauna Woody provide compassion, undivided attention, and gentle care during each visit. Both have advanced training and are devoted to making special needs pediatric dentistry a top priority at our Chapel Hill, NC, practice.

To schedule an appointment at Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry, please call (919) 967-2773.