Ethan has major sensory issues with his mouth, he will not let you put anything into it and if you ask him to show you his teeth he locks his mouth shut. I think it has always been an issue for Ethan but it was really highlighted when he had tonsillitis and he is now scared of any doctor. A doctors appointment will always end with Ethan having to be pinned down, and it isn’t fun!
So trying to get Ethan to brush his teeth has always been a nightmare. I realised, after reading books on autism, that Ethan probably found mint toothpaste overpowering. I also got advice from another mum suggesting trying an electric toothbrush, I was very lucky and was able to get a Jake and the Neverland Pirates one in the Disney store sale.
So armed with his new toothbrush and strawberry flavoured ice cream toothpaste we have slowly and surely been able to get this toothbrush up to Ethan’s mouth. It really was very slow progress but I was even able to get Ethan to hold the toothbrush in the water and then put it up to his mouth.