I neglected my teeth for years, and after a root canal and several fillings to repair the damage I did, I decided to become serious about dental health. I made a pledge to visit the dentist every six-months and brush three times a day. While these were all good changes I made, I did make one bad decision and bought a "stiff" toothbrush. I also brushed much harder than I should have, and I learned at my next check-up that I was being too aggressive with my teeth. My dentist told me I had to start brushing more gently with a soft toothbrush, as I was causing my gums to recede by being so rough. I created this blog to encourage others to take great care of their teeth, but also remind them that good care means being gentle on your teeth and not brushing too hard.
Children with autism experience different symptoms that may affect other aspects of their lives. Here are three examples of such symptoms and what they may mean for your child's dental health:
Children with autism may have hypersensitivity (heightened reaction to different stimuli), or hyposensitivity (decreased reaction to different stimuli). If an autistic child is hypersensitive to touch or pain, then he or she may feel uncomfortable using conventional toothbrushes because he or she may feel that they are too painful to brush with. [Read More]