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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. 

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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