Getting Started at Home
Oral health is a very important component of healthy daily living. But
for some children with autism, oral health habits can be challenging.
Our hope is that this guide will provide information for families to help begin a lifetime of good oral care.
To get started, you and your child should pick out the right toothbrush. There are many colors, 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, brushing teeth can be difficult. The sensation can be uncomfortable at first, and the child may need to be desensitized. You may want to start by using the toothbrush to touch your child’s lips or just inside the mouth. You may also want to teach
your child to “open wide,” so that this direction is understood. Showing your child how you brush your own teeth may also be helpful.
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