Resources on Dentistry for Fragile X

Many families struggle with helping their loved ones with intellectual and developmental disabilities take care of their teeth. Routine care and regular exams can be a problem, especially when dental problems do occur. Finding dentists who specialize in treating people living with special needs or who are willing to learn and adapt to the individual’s needs can be difficult.  

At our last Fragile X Clinical & Research Consortium meeting, many of the clinics shared they also find it challenging to find and refer quality dentists to their patients living with FXS. As a result, the NFXF team searched for helpful resources for both families and the clinics. We hope you find the following helpful! 

External Resources

– A general overview with helpful tips.

An international organization of dental professionals and other individuals who are dedicated to promoting dental health and wellbeing for people with special needs.

Dental Help for Adults with Disabilities: Care and Considerations. Includes a “FIND A DENTIST” link. 

A network of volunteer dentists and labs that serve adults with special needs across the U.S. 

NFXF Resource

Tip: Try contacting a local dental university, dental school, or medical center and asking if they have a program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

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Missy Zolecki, Director, Community Empowerment

Missy Zolecki
Missy joined NFXF team in 2018 after being an active volunteer since 2010. Missy organized several fundraisers and educational workshops while serving in her volunteer role. Missy is the mother of three children. Her eldest son, Matt, lives with Fragile X syndrome. Prior to joining the NFXF team, Missy had worked as a nurse for more than 20 years. She enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

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Author Robby Miller

Robby Miller
Robby has spent over 40 years helping children with special needs, and their families and the professionals who work with them. Robby is particularly interested in how families learn about, access, and receive meaningful services from competent professionals, organizations, and institutions. This interest led to his co-founding the Fragile X Clinical & Research Consortium, also known as FXCRC. In his spare time, you’ll find Robby singing and playing rhythm guitar in a rock band with his pals.