Kristy - posted on 06/03/2011 ( 14 moms have responded )
My four year old autistic son is going to be five in August and he wont brush his teeth. Up until now we let it slide as we were focusing on other areas such as potty training. As a result his oral care is pretty bad. He's going to going to Kindergarten in the fall and its long past time for him to learn. We've only recently tried to get him to start brushing his teeth, but he has fought our efforts over the last four months tooth and nail. It seems like if we want his teeth brushed we need to pin him down and brush them for him. We've tried letting him pick out his own tooth brush and letting him explore his mouth on his own. On occasion he will even go through the motions of brushing them but never when we want him too. If we try to gently show him how to do it by trying to put the tooth brush in his mouth he simply refuses to open his mouth. Any suggestions out there?