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Disability Dental Services Blog

Exploring Pain Perception in Root Canals

August 18, 2023

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A model depicting a root canal treatment held in a dentist's hands

Root canal treatment is one of the scariest-sounding procedures out there. When movies and TV want to make a joke about dentists, they are often portrayed as sellers of pain who delight in the misery of their patients. They usually stand over someone with a comically large drill and declare, “It’s time for a root canal!”

Firstly, these notions about dentists enjoying pain are false. Your dentist will do everything in their power to ensure that any procedure that you undertake is free from pain. Secondly, the procedure for a root canal doesn’t have to be scary, it can be fascinating! Continue reading to see how a root canal is performed and what to expect after treatment.


Crucial Items for Your Loved One’s Dental Emergency Kit

June 15, 2023

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An emergency dental kit

Accidents can happen to anyone, no matter their personal situation. That’s simply a plain fact of life. As such, your disabled loved one could face a dental emergency someday. You’d be wise to plan ahead for that possibility. Luckily, your Grand Prairie dentist has a suggestion: make an emergency dental kit for your friend or family member. This tool collection will protect your precious person’s smile. As for what to pack in it, here are four crucial items you ought to include.


Busting 4 Myths About Tooth Extractions

April 6, 2023

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Tooth extraction illustration

Do you or a loved one have a tooth that is causing nothing but trouble? A tooth extraction is never the first option of your dentist, but sometimes it is necessary to preserve the health of the rest of your smile. With so many misconceptions out there, many patients find themselves anxious about their upcoming procedure. Fortunately, a tooth extraction isn’t such a scary thing after all. Here are some of the most common myths out there and why they aren’t true.


Down Syndrome’s Effects on Oral Health

February 7, 2023

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portrait of someone with down syndrome

Down syndrome, like any other condition, affects people in a wide variety of ways. Oftentimes, the physical symptoms of Down syndrome aren’t talked about nearly enough, which means that people with the condition and their loved ones may not fully understand them.

In particular, Down syndrome can have some serious effects on these patients’ oral health. Here are some of the most common ways that Down syndrome patients’ teeth are affected by their condition.


4 Dental Care Tips for Children with Special Needs

November 21, 2022

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a child with special needs smiling happily

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over half of the children in the U.S. (52%) have had a cavity. It is essential to help children maintain their oral health in order to keep their teeth safe from tooth decay. If your little one has a physical, emotional, behavioral, intellectual, or communication disability, they may need even more assistance with their dental hygiene routine. Fortunately, there are things you can do to keep your child’s smile whole and healthy! Read on for four helpful tips.


3 Non-Candy Halloween Treats for Your Little Ghoul

October 25, 2022

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crossed out Halloween candy

Halloween is just around the corner, and it probably causes mixed feelings for parents. Of course, it’s always great to see your child dress up, have fun, and simply enjoy being a kid. On the other hand, all that candy is an easy way to bring on a tummy ache along with cavities, which people with special needs already have an increased risk for. Thankfully, the holiday doesn’t have to be all about sweets anymore. Here are three kid-approved candy alternatives you can offer your child that will allow them to celebrate while keeping their smile safe.


How Mental Health Issues Impact Your Oral Health

September 14, 2022

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patient speaking to dentist about mental health effects on smiles

Depression can affect many aspects of your life. Those suffering from depression may have a lot of trouble going to work, school, or social events. They may also struggle with adequately caring for themselves, and this extends to their smiles. Though the impacts of depression on your state of mind is a popular discussion topic, not many people know how it can harm your oral health. Continue reading to learn how mental health impacts your oral health and how you can better care for your smile while getting the help you need.


5 Oral Health Tips for Children with Down Syndrome

May 3, 2022

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Young child brushing her teeth.

Oral health matters for everybody; serious dental problems don’t discriminate and can affect anyone, young or old! That said, children with Down syndrome can have several differences that sometimes require special attention. Keep reading to learn more from your dentist about these differences, along with five tips to help ensure that your child’s oral health remains in tiptop shape.


The Lesser-Known Benefits of Sedation Dentistry for Special Needs Patients

December 20, 2021

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young girl with Down syndrome smiling

Many people experience a lot of anxiety when they go to the dentist, and this is especially true for those with special needs. On top of the fear of physical pain and being in an unfamiliar environment, many of these patients aren’t able to understand what’s going on, which can make life much more difficult for everyone. Thankfully, sedation dentistry offers a safe, proven way to reduce dental nerves, and it also has several other benefits that can make it much easier for a special needs patient to receive the care they deserve while enjoying a stress-free experience.


How Depression & Anxiety Can Impact Oral Health  

November 15, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — disabilitydent @ 2:47 pm
two young women with special needs smiling

Two of the most common mental health issues that affect both neurotypical and neurodivergent people are depression and anxiety. While it is generally understood that these conditions can lead to poor overall health outcomes, what isn’t talked about as much is how they can directly impact someone’s dental health. Whether you’re struggling with these conditions yourself or are taking care of someone who is, there is hope for a better future and brighter smiles—just keep reading to get the advice you need.