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Dentistry & Down Syndrome

Dental Visits

Going to the dentist is something that most people don’t enjoy. Treating individuals with Down syndrome can sometimes be a challenge for the patient, parents, and the dental providers involved in care. Individuals with Down syndrome have unique challenges and require special attention when it comes to their oral health. The following are some tips to help parents better navigate the dentist and Down syndrome.

Preparing Your Child for the Dentist

A suggested way to have a more positive experience at the dentist for you and your child is to help your child understand what to expect. UDSF invites you and your child to visit the dentist with our friend Ashley from the QuadSquad.



Helpful Tips from Dentists to Caregivers

Dental Care Check List

The following dental care checklist was designed to help caregivers with the oral hygiene of their loved one with Down syndrome. This file is a pdf and is downloadable.  

General Dental Medicaid

Dental care is a covered service for eligible Medicaid members. If your loved one with Down syndrome qualifies for Medicaid and is between the ages of birth through twenty, the following information applies to you. 

Adult Medicaid Dental Program

The University of Utah School of Dentistry has partnered with Utah Medicaid to offer the residents of Utah the Adult Medicaid Dental Program. Effective January 1, 2021, individuals 21 years and older who are eligible for Medicaid due to a disability or blindness can receive dental services through the University of Utah School of Dentistry Network.

For appointments or information, please contact the UUSOD Medicaid Helpline:

  • University of Utah Medicaid Dental Call Center: 801-587-7174
  • Email:

If you do not have access to transportation, you may qualify for non-emergency medical transportation to your dental visits. For information regarding non-emergency transportation, contact a Department of Workforce Services eligibility worker at 1-866-435-7414. Free language assistance services are also available to you. Please call 1-866-608-9422 if you have any questions.


Additional Resources

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry ( as well as the Special Care Dentistry Association ( are additional resources for the oral care of individuals with Down syndrome.


*A special thank you to Clayson Knight, a University of Utah dental student, for researching and providing the information on this page.

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