- 1. If your child appears fearful or
especially resistant to tooth brushing consider getting an evaluation
from an OT to address sensory needs. The sound of running water, the
temperature of the water, the feeling of bristles in their mouth all may
be sensory overload and can be successfully addressed.
- 2. Establish
and stick to a routine. For several years you may need to brush your
child's teeth until you feel that they have the stamina and coordination
to do so for themselves. Even after the busiest of days or the most
hectic mornings, don't skip this routine. Skipping because it is easier
just sends the message that this particular task isn't that important.
This is the opposite of what you are trying to teach.
- 3. If your
child ruminates try sugar free gum after meals or sour candy spray. Both
can sometimes discourage rumination because it is more rewarding to
have the taste of gum or candy in their mouths.
- 4. Let your child make their own toothpaste. There are loads of simple recipes online and your son or daughter may be more likely to use it if they make it themselves.
Whatever the issue, good dental hygiene is crucial to overall good health and habits need to start early. We would love to hear your suggestions for making this sometimes grueling daily chore happen!
Manager of PWS Services
Dental Issues with PWS