The act of toothbrushing is probably something that we take for granted and as a twice daily activity and it becomes an ingrained habit from a very early age.
For children with autism, the essential self-help skill can sometimes be a difficult one to master. Textures of toothbrush bristles, flavours of toothpastes, noises from electric toothbrushes, are all factors to take into consideration.
Brush-Baby’s toothbrush designs and toothpaste formulations which have been specifically designed considering the needs of the younger members of our society, and from feedback we have found that parents and caregivers of young people with autism, have found our products to be particularly helpful for this vital lifeskill.
Small round headed toothbrushes with softer bristles, silicone rubber bristles on Chewable Toothbrushes which offer a different sensation but still clean teeth effectively. Our toothpastes are SLS-free so they don’t foam, which can sometimes be offputting, and they’re safe if swallowed. With a range of tastes from Applemint, Strawberry, Tutti-Frutti and Mild Spearmint, there’s something to tickle every tastebud.
Our electric toothbrushes for children are different from other toothbrushes on the market, because they vibrate, and consequently are quieter than other conventional electric toothbrushes. With adjustable speeds and lights which can be switched on or off, toothbrushing is often a far easier, and therefore more pleasant daily task to accomplish.
But don’t just take our word for it: here’s Heather – Mum to 6 year old Ethan who recently reviewed one of our our WildOnes electric toothbrushes.
“The character (Penguin) was very appealing to Ethan, and the toothbrush was a lovely size to hold, as he struggles with fine motor skills.
First time I turned it on, I was surprised how quiet it was. Ethan is autistic and also has Sensory Processing Disorder, which means he struggles with noise and vibration, and the WildOnes toothbrush didn’t bother him at all, unlike other electric toothbrushes I had tried before.
From a parent’s point of view, we found it 100 times easier to help him, he’s much more co-operative as the toothbrush is so quiet and the light really helps you to see inside his mouth to clean the back teeth, and it’s brilliant idea that it is suitable for 0-10years.
Ethan hasn’t really brushed his teeth properly since he was 18 months old, and so I‘m so grateful to Brush-Baby for making something we can use, and take some of the worry away and make brushing fun.”
During this Autism Awareness Week – Brush-Baby is paying homage to the many magnificent organisations doing sterling work helping young people enjoy their best possible life. As one organisation says: ‘we’re aiming to make the ‘ordinary’ possible for children and young people with autism.’
We’re happy to part of this change, and to help parents, caregivers, young people and children wherever possible with the vitally important aspect of gum and dental-care for every child’s wellbeing.