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Special Needs Dentistry

All Kids Pediatric Dentistry caters to children with special healthcare needs.

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Compassion and skill–they are important characteristics of any successful dental practice, especially where pediatric dentistry is concerned. Take it a step further with children with special healthcare needs; your Charlotte dentist, Dr. Marcela Mujica, has the right qualifications and a true calling for this area of pediatric dentistry.

Treating Children with Special Healthcare Needs

The staff at All Kids Pediatric Dentistry in Charlotte ask parents to bring their children for an initial dental appointment at 6 months of age, or when that first tooth starts to erupt. This comfortable visit allows a child to sit with mom or dad while the doctor gently inspects the mouth and facial structure.

Subsequent visits as a child grows incorporate bite check and x-rays to assess roots and jaw bone. Dr. Mujica looks for signs of bruxism, or teeth grinding, decay and gum disease–all prevalent conditions in American children. She often recommends preventive services such as fluoride treatments and plastic sealants to ward off decay on back teeth.

These same protocols apply to children with special healthcare needs, as appropriate. Dr. Mujica is board certified with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. As such, she has 2 full years of advanced training in pediatric dentistry beyond her education to obtain her DMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Her diagnostic skills and treatment techniques are well-practiced as she has dealt with children of all ages, health and abilities.

Her intensive work in pediatrics give her outstanding knowledge and skill in working with children who are or have:

  • deaf, Deaf, or hard of hearing
  • blind or visually-impaired
  • under radiation treatment for cancer
  • struggling with cleft palate/lip
  • cerebral palsy
  • muscular dystrophy
  • developmental disabilities
  • Down Syndrome
  • autistic, such as Asperger Syndrome
  • epileptic or other seizure disorders
  • hemophiliacs or have other blood clotting issues
  • using a nasogastric tube for nutrition
  • breathing through a tracheostomy
  • diabetic
  • paralyzed or have other mobility challenges

Oral hygiene requires added attention

Special Needs Child at the Pediatric Dentist in Charlotte, NCAs the Charlotte pediatric dentist and her caring team recognize that children with special healthcare needs face challenges with oral hygiene, they formulate treatment plans that address issues with strength, motor coordination and cognition. During dental treatments, sedation approved by the patient’s primary care physician addresses issues with anxiety. Adaptations such as mouth props help keep young mouths open as needed. Plus, issues of mobility are well-accommodated at All Kids Pediatric Dentistry in Charlotte.

Dr. Mujica and her colleagues in pediatric dentistry stress some common sense adaptations to help children with special healthcare needs and their caregivers achieve good oral hygiene:

  • larger handled toothbrushes for kids with limited dexterity
  • specially formulated fluoride toothpastes and mouth rinses to prevent decay and periodontal disease
  • limiting sugary and high carbohydrate foods in the daily diet
  • using wide, waxed floss that is easier to manipulate

Dr. Mujica would love to care for your child

Parents and caregivers of children with special healthcare needs seek the proper credentials and right heart attitude in a pediatric dentist. They need look no further than the professional team at All Kids Pediatric Dentistry in Charlotte. Contact the office for an initial appointment.