There are not many dental apps available that can help young patients understand what to expect and how to behave in the dental environment. Thankfully, there is one very useful and well put-together app called, “My Healthy Smile.” The app developer describes, “the My Healthy Smile app was developed through a grant from Delta Dental of Minnesota to teach children about good oral health and to ease anxieties around dental visits. The app offers 11 audio and visual social scripts to show children what to expect at the dentist and how to have good oral care at home. Topics include: having your teeth cleaned, taking X-rays, and getting fillings, losing a tooth, brushing and healthy eating. “My Healthy Smile” is designed for children between the developmental ages of 3 and 10. The use of social scripts works especially well for children who have autism or developmental disabilities. Created in partnership with dentists, oral health professionals and families.”
My Healthy Smile App
My Healthy Smile App – Download Page
I have used this app with my daughter who had significant fear of the dental appointment. It literally completely changed her fear by allowing her to watch the videos over and over before her dental appointment. There have been several times I have pulled my phone out and watched the videos with children who are fearful chairside and immediately see their behavior improve. If your office utilizes iPads I strongly recommend downloading the app to use with special needs patients and their anxious neurotypical peers.
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