Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common disorders of childhood and it can continue into adolescence and adulthood.

ADHD is a neurobehavioral syndrome. Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, problems controlling behavior, and hyperactivity (over-activity).

Recent survey shows as of 2007, approximately 9.5% or 5.4 million children between the ages of 4 and 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD, with boys affected more often than girls.  Between 10% and 60% of those diagnosed with ADHD in childhood will continue to meet the diagnostic criteria in adulthood.

Medical treatments can relieve many ADHD symptoms, but there is no cure. With treatment, most people with ADHD can be successful in school and lead productive lives. Current treatments focus on reducing the symptoms of ADHD and improving function. They include medication, psychotherapy, education and training, or a combination of these.

Research shows that people with ADHD are at an increased risk of caries, periodontal conditions, and bruxism associated with poor oral hygiene, increased consumption of sugary foods, and medication use.

Here at Kids Smiles we take pride in letting you know that our staff is fully tarined in taking the extra time and care with any medical condition. With a lot of Tell-Show-DO and Tender-Love and Care – we  keep it at ease for all ages of children that come in our practice. Positive re-inforcement encourages appropriate behavior and we strongly believe in reward system. Every child deserves a reward after his or her dental visit which encourages and motivates them to look forward to their next visit.

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