Many autistic children hate brushing
. For different reasons
some children with autism clench their teeth closed once toothpaste
and a toothbrush
come near their mouth. The good news is there are ways to help an autistic child
have good oral hygiene through using different types of toothpastes and toothbrushes
Since many children don't like the flavor or texture of toothpaste, dentists recommend going as natural as possible. Toothpastes without added flavor or color are best for autistic children. Many do not like the strong mint or cinnamon flavor often put into toothpaste. Toothpastes with a mild taste that can easily be rinsed away are often the best choice for anyone with sensitivities to additional flavor and texture. For children that are sensitive to the actual taste of the paste, they might like a milder taste.
For the children that don't like the texture of paste, dentists recommend gels or kinds specifically for kids without a gritty texture. The gel is no different than the paste other than the actual texture. It comes in many different flavors.
Some children with sensory issues just don't like the foaming part of brushing their teeth.
Dentists recommend a paste that doesn't foam for these patients. They may not like the feel of the brush on their teeth either
. This is solved by getting children a toothbrush with very soft bristles
or even an electric toothbrush
. Some children with autism enjoy the vibrations of electric toothbrushes.
Training toothpastes that are often used by toddlers is another option for autistic children with sensory issues. These pastes often don't have any fluoride and little flavor. The only problem is the lack of fluoride can be a problem for some children's teeth.
It can take a while to find the best products for each child as many like different textures and flavors. Dentists recommend trying different kinds until the child easily goes to brush
their teeth on a regular basis. Good oral hygiene will lead to less dental problems in the future.
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