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Name: wendy138
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My grandson is 4 and is non-verbal autistic. He won't let us brush his teeth anymore. Any suggestions
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Name: Edwardliu | Date: Aug 3rd, 2011 12:19 PM
Hi
Wendy,

Look like you can brush his teeth before, now you can't do it. I guess he got some hole in his teeth. Brush His teeth can hurt him. Lot of autism kid got bad teeth in very early age. My son got two bad teeth when he is three and a half. Luckily he can speak and tell me. I remember he reject to open his mouth and let me touch it. He didn't like brush his teeth any more. You can check it at night time. It is very hard to take him to see the dentist. Normal dentist can't do it. Only some dentist who has autism experience can do it. 

Name: texasheat | Date: Aug 4th, 2011 9:59 AM
You know what my 4yo's dentist told us? To hold him down! Yeah, imagine that. I guess he has no clue. My youngest...the 4yo has bad teeth and has nearly knocked all his front teeth out from seizures. My oldest son who is also autistic doesn't mind brushing his teeth because he watches kid programing and like to do what they do. Now, back to my youngest, who is also non-verbal, we've found that buying fruit flavor, non-harmful to swallow tooth paste and a dab on the finger and using our finger helps. We plan on going full on toothbrush as soon as he is comfortable with our fingers in his mouth. 

Name: texasheat | Date: Aug 4th, 2011 10:00 AM
Ha! I keep forgetting to add things...I was gonna say too, be sure to use a toddler size toothbrush if you aren't already. 

Name: leeboy | Date: Sep 14th, 2011 9:45 PM
my girl is 8 and have to hold her head tight she hates it but some days she is ok try leting him put the tooth paste on u do it first and let him watch you it takes time , 

Name: Gabbys Mom | Date: Sep 17th, 2011 11:03 PM
My daughter is 16 and still doesn't like her teeth brushed. We had to start very slow. Brush bottom left and count 1 2 then brush bottom right and count 1 2 and so on. do it for a week then count to 3 and each week go one number higher. We stand facing her and she now brushes her teeth by coping me...and we can now count to 20 for each section of her mouth. Plus we have her do it at school too. It's taken years but she does it. She only lets us put toothpaste on it in the shower so she can hold the hand held shower head and rinse her mouth out when she needs to because she doesnt like to spit. The other 2 times we just use water and our dentist says its better than nothing. Hope it helps. 

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