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What Family Caregivers of Children with Disabilities Need to Know about Wellness & Prevention

Families of children with disabilities may be overwhelmed with multiple appointments to specialists. It's difficult to remember about wellness and preventive care but this is important to overall health.

Dental Care: Oral health is essential for overall health.  Cavities can cause bacteria to spread to the bloodstream with serious complications.  Children with special needs may have difficulty with dental care due to poor motor skills or medications which affect their teeth.  Bright Futures has a Pocket Guide.  The AAP also has information for families in English and Spanish.  Tips for families of children with special needs can be found from Autism Speaks and also from the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center.  For families without insurance, Donated Dental Services has free dental care and Smile for a Lifetime has free orthodontics.

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