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Dental Health & Adoption: Special Considerations for New Families

Adoption is a great way for parents to extend their love to children. After adoption, parents may wonder what the best way to care for their child’s oral health is. While things like brushing, flossing, and nutrition may be obvious, here are some other factors to consider when caring for your child.

Dental History

Obtain your child’s dental history from the adoption agency or previous caregivers. This information is crucial for understanding any pre-existing conditions or treatments.

Dental Visit

Schedule a dental checkup soon after adoption. This establishes a baseline for your child’s oral health and allows the dentist to identify any immediate needs or concerns. This can also give you peace of mind, knowing your child is healthy or highlighting any health problems you’ll need to manage to keep your child healthy and safe.

Fluoride Needs

Assess the fluoride levels in your child’s drinking water. If necessary, discuss fluoride supplements or treatments with the dentist for optimal tooth development and cavity prevention.

Orthodontic Evaluation

Monitor your child’s dental development and consult an orthodontist if needed. Early intervention can address alignment issues and prevent more extensive treatments later.

Dental Anxiety

Be attentive to any signs of dental anxiety or fear. Foster a positive attitude towards dental care through encouragement, reassurance, and choosing a pediatric dentist experienced in working with adopted children.

Insurance Coverage

Review dental insurance coverage and explore available resources for dental care. Addressing potential financial barriers ensures that your child receives necessary treatment.

Comprehensive Family Dentistry in Monroe, WA

Prevention is the best defense against dental problems for you and your child. Keep these tips in mind to stay on top of your child’s oral care needs. Good habits now set them up for a healthy, radiant smile as they grow.

If you or your child needs an appointment with a professional and gentle dentist, we invite you to call Donald Kim, DDS, to schedule!


January 17, 2024 9:07 pm
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