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5 Tips for Helping Children with Special Needs Brush Their Teeth

An uphill battle for any parent, getting your child to brush his or her teeth can be a challenging task. For parents with special needs children, this is particularly true, explains Ellen Seidman, whose son Max has cerebral palsy and experiences ongoing oral-motor issues and oral sensitivities.

In order to better understand how tooth brushing can be a positive experience for both the parent and child, Ellen spoke with Dr. John Hendry, an AAPD spokesperson, to share 5 great tips for helping children with special needs brush their teeth.

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Ellen Seidman is a mother, journalist, and creator of Love That Max, one of Babble’s Top 100 Mom Blogs.

Dr. John Hendry is an AAPD spokesperson, served as president of The American Academy of Persons with Disabilities and Founding Board Member and Chairman of the Federation of Special Care Organization in Dentistry. In 2014, he received the Manny Album Award from the AAPD for lifetime commitment to children with special needs.