The routines of daily living skills are so very important to good health and independence as our children learn and grow. Dental hygiene is of great importance, in my opinion. Children and youth who have sensory loss or tactile defensiveness, don’t always enjoy brushing teeth. For our son, it was an activity that he grew to enjoy and one in which we built in a lot of communication opportunities. So, in order to make sure this activity was effective, even when fine motor skills were still being developed, we discovered a type of toothbrush that was most helpful whether we were brushing with our son or he was doing it himself.
While this is not an endorsement of a particular brand, we were introduced to the Surround Toothbrush, which describes its use this way:
The surround toothbrush is designed to make the brushing easier for those who cannot use a conventional toothbrush or who have difficulty with motor skills and coordination. The surround toothbrush has 3 rows of bristles that surround the teeth to clean front, back and biting surfaces all at the same time.
There are other brands that sell similar versions. Pictures of the toothbrush we used are attached. The experience was enjoyable and leaves me with great memories of what might be considered a mundane task.
Molly, mom to Alex and PPDB Board Member