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June 26, 4:44 PMHartford Autism & Parenting ExaminerPam Walsh

For many parents, a trip to the dentist is fraught with apprehension and worry.  Just the word, dentist, can conjure up sounds of drills and possibility of pain.  It is the fear of the unknown, and the way children will handle such an experience, that may prevent a parent from making an appointment.  The fact is oral hygiene is extremely important to a child’s total health.  Scheduling a cleaning every 6 months is a necessary ritual for a young child.  It will teach the importance of maintaining dental care throughout the child’s life.

Caring for a special needs child with autism or other disability can put the dentist on the back burner for many reasons.  Some, may have oral motor difficulties or texture sensitivities.  Others, have sensory integration problems where bright  lights and noises could push the child into sensory overload causing tantrums or behavior outbursts.  Luckily, parents no longer have to postpone dental treatment or endure the cries of their child.  Kids First Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, located in Fairfield, Connecticut is dedicated to the needs of this unique community.  By connecting parents who have a special needs child with Amy Paundlay, the special needs liaison for the group,  a sense of relief and hope is immediately felt.  Ms. Paundlay offers understanding and, most of all, solutions to creating a positive dental experience for the entire family.

Read in Full:  http://www.examiner.com/x-29318-Hartford-Autism–Parenting-Examiner~y2010m6d26-A-Special-Dentist-for-Special-Kids?cid=edition-by-channel-rss-Hartford-Family_and_Parenting



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