Dental Health Patient Education

The following information guides are provided to educate patients in the most common dental concerns in children and children with specific conditions or diseases that require extra care to maintain healty teeth.

Taking Care of Your Baby’s Teeth

Healthy teeth and gums are an integral part of a child's overall health. While most parents know the importance of good oral hygiene, many are unsure how soon they should be concerned about their children's teeth. The Nicklaus Children's Pediatric Dental Services team gives a few tips that can help new parents be conscious of their child's oral health right from the start.

Dental Health in Children with Sickle Cell Disease

Children with SCD may present anemia, repeated infections, and shortness of breath.

Dental Health in Children with Hemophilia

Children with hemophilia may present excessive bleeding to inadvertent trauma of perioral soft tissue or after some dental procedures.


Dental Health in Children with Congenital Heart Defects

Children with congenital heart defects may require special precautions before dental cleanings and treatment.

Dental Health in Children with Seizures

Children with seizures can present many dental problems due to the oral side effects of the seizure medications.

Dental Health in Children with Leukemia

Children with leukemia can have different oral manifestations.

Dental Health in Children with Diabetes

Children with diabetes can be more prone to soft tissue abnormalities. Read more about managing the dental health of children with diabetes.

Dental Health in Children with Asthma

The medications that an asthmatic child uses could have effects on the oral mucosa.


Dental Health in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder may present with behavioral management problems in the dental setting due to increased anxiety, fear and increased sensory stimulation.

Dental Health in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) can present weak muscles tone around the mouth which causes them to have difficulties with sucking, chewing and swallowing. They are more prone to having malocclusion (abnormal alignment of the teeth). 

Dental Health in Children with ADHD

One of the most common childhood disorders, ADHD is a neurological condition characterized by difficulty paying attention, impulsive behavior and/or hyperactivity. How does ADHD affect the oral health of children?

Cavity Prevention in Children

Brushing, flossing, fluoride, sealants, and going to the dentist are fundamental to a child's dental care.

Dental First Aid Emergency Care

Things to do when a child is having a toothache, a broken tooth, a knocked out permanent tooth, a cut or bitten tongue, a broken braces and wires, and other dental trauma. 

Cherishing Your Child’s ‘Chompers’(Teeth!)

Teeth. They help your child eat, speak and flash the sweetest smiles.

Basic Oral Hygiene

Although tooth decay is preventable, it is the most common chronic disease among US children.