Oral health is a very important component of healthy daily living. But for some children with autism, oral health habits can be challenging. Autism Speaks has teamed up with Colgate and Philips-Sonicare to create a dental guide and video to provide tips for improving oral hygiene at home, as well as information about how parents and dental professionals can make a visit to the dentist's office less stressful and more productive. Our hope is that this guide will provide information for families to help begin a lifetime of good oral care.
The above video shows a visit to the dentist's office by a child with autism. The video provides dental professionals with tips about how to make the experience more successful for their patients with autism. Families and caregivers will learn how to find the right dentist and how to effectively prepare for a dentist appointment. The goal is to help the child and the dental professionals become more familiar with the process, which may result in less anxiety about going to the dentist.
The dental guide provides additional information for dental professionals about autism and what they can do to make each visit more successful. There is also information for families and caregivers about how to prepare for a dental visit, forms to use for your visit, and a visual schedule that can be downloaded and used to help the child understand the steps involved in a routine dentist appointment. Information about oral care at home is also included.
New! My Healthy Smile App for iPhone and iPods
Oral Health Services for Children and Adolescents with Special Health Care Needs: A Resource Guide
National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Healthy Smiles for Autism
Healthy Smiles for Autism was created by the National Museum of Dentistry to empower parents of children with autism spectrum disorder to establish a healthy oral hygiene routine and prepare their children for a visit to the dentist.
Leila's First Visit to the Dentist
by Humairah Shah
"Leila's First Visit to the Dentist." is the second in series by Dr. Shah that educates children in fun and interesting way. With interactive narration and beautiful color photos, the book familiarizes children with the Dentist's office and also what to expect during a check up. It also educates them about importance of brushing their teeth. The books is popular with kids from age 2 to 8 and kids with special needs. Available for Android.
"Leila and the Tooth Fairy" is another book from Dr. Shah that talks about kids losing their teeth. The story takes kids to the magic Tooth Fairy Land and educates them about eating a healthy diet and maintaining good oral hygience. Available for Android.
Sam and the Sugar Bug
by Humairah Shah
Sam and the Sugar bug is the first in a series of books on iTunes by Doctor Shah that teaches children to brush in a fun and interesting way. With interactive narration and beautiful full color photos, the book promotes reading skills as well as teaches children the importance of brushing.
Available for Apple and Android.
Preservice Health Training Modules
The Preservice Health Training (PHT) modules were designed to educate student and practicing primary care providers about working with individuals having developmental disabilities.
Autism Speaks Resource Guide
Visit our Resource Guide to find local dentists in your area who specialize in providing dental care to individuals with autism and other disabilities. We welcome new submissions to continually build the Resource Guide. If you know of any additional dentists that provide services for individuals with autism, please feel free to submit them here.
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