Brushing Teeth with children under the spectrum

Brushing teeth with an autistic child isn’t always easy, but using the right health products for autism can make a big difference. As you learn how to get an autistic child to brush their teeth, you might find that it’s common for children with autism to clench their teeth closed as the toothbrush and toothpaste get close to their mouth. The good news is that there are ways to help an autistic child have good oral hygiene by using specialized oral hygiene products.


Because many children don't like the flavor or texture of toothpaste, dentists recommend going as naturally as possible. Toothpaste without added flavor or color is best for brushing teeth with an autistic child. Many don’t like strong mint or cinnamon flavors. Toothpaste with a mild taste that can easily be rinsed away is often the best choice for anyone with sensitivities to strong flavors and unfamiliar textures. 

For children that struggle with the texture of traditional kinds of toothpaste, dentists recommend gels or toothpaste for kids that are designed specifically without a gritty texture. Gel toothpaste is no different than other toothpaste on the market, and they come in many different flavors.

Some children with sensory issues just don't like the foaming part of brushing their teeth. When brushing teeth with an autistic child, dentists may recommend a paste that doesn't foam. They may not like the feel of the brush on their teeth either. You can solve this problem by providing a toothbrush with very soft bristles or even an electric toothbrush—some children with autism enjoy the vibrations.


Another option for autistic children with sensory issues is to use training toothpaste— the type that’s frequently used by toddlers. These pastes often don't have any fluoride, and they typically have very little flavor. The only issue is that the lack of fluoride can be a problem for some children’s teeth.

Brushing teeth with an autistic child may take some trial and error, and it can take time to find the best autism products, as each child is unique and has their own preferences. Dentists recommend experimenting with different toothbrushes and toothpaste until the child starts to brush their teeth on a regular basis. Good oral hygiene will lead to fewer dental problems in the future, so don’t wait to get started. Shop quality autism supplies at Bright Autism!

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  • Thank you for this nice article. As a dentist, I often get patients with autism; and it is important to provide them with the necessary advice. I haven’t seen the toothbrush in your feature image, before; and I would definitely look into it.

    I have also written a short article about Autism Dental Care:

    Omer El-Hamdoon
  • Any ideas for a toothpaste or brush for a child with texture issues that’s also allergic to coconut and it’s derivatives?!

  • Bubble gum or fruity flavor.

    Elizabeth Lafleur
  • I found a toothpaste that’s coconut oil..hardly any smell or flavour.

    Suzy Vardy

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