The best thing to do is establishing an effective dental care routine at home from a very young age
28 April 2019| Last updated on 29 April 2019
Brushing and flossing for a child is important for a good dental care routine.
Children with autism can be sensitive to the toothbrush bristles, which can make it difficult to have a good oral hygiene.
In case the child is struggling with brushing their teeth, the parents can try to get different kinds of toothbrushes until they find one that works best for them. Some brushes are made with silicon or softer bristles. It’s all about finding the suitable toothbrush for it to be a successful daily routine.
Eating a Healthy Diet
It is important to have a diet rich in vitamins and minerals for a child to have a healthy oral hygiene. Fruits, vegetables, grains, and some dairy have the nutrients that a child needs to have a good health and good teeth and gums.
Children with autism can have likes or dislikes when it comes to food and drinks. Parents should try to widen the spectrum of food range their autistic child accepts by trying new kind of food in order to discover which ones their children love.
Parents should avoid or limit sugary food and drinks and acidic food for their children because they can break down the enamel and make the child more susceptible to cavities and tooth decay.
Visiting Your Dentist
A child should visit the dentist every six months. It is harder for children with autism to achieve good oral hygiene routine because of sensory overload in autism. This is why it’s important to implement an effective dental care routine such as brushing and flossing from an early age.
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