Apr 2, 2020
Oral health is a very important component of healthy daily living for all of us. For some children with autism, oral health habits like tooth brushing can be challenging. Here’s some tips that may help.
To get started, you and your child should pick out the right toothbrush. There are many colours, styles, and types available. It is important that the brush is the right size for your child’s mouth and that it has soft bristles.
For some children with autism, the sensation of brushing teeth can be difficult and it may need to be introduced in stages. You may want to start by using the toothbrush to touch your child’s lips or just inside the mouth. Practice how to “open wide,” so that this direction is understood when you start brushing. Showing your child how you brush your own teeth can also be helpful.
As a parent of an autistic child you will be very aware of the importance of routine. Here are some guides to help with tooth brushing routine and with practicing for a visit to the dentist. We hope they are useful.
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