Brushing teeth on orally defensiv 20 mo?

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Brushing teeth on orally defensiv 20 mo?
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Fri, 02-11-2005 - 1:44am

My oldest son has is the one who I am usually concerned about SID, but my younger son has a totally different sensory issue, his oral defensiveness. Since birth, we've had extreme difficulties getting ANYTHING in his mouth(terrible nurser (brother was great), almost no spoon feeding and would not let us hold his bottle, ever. The only one who puts anything in his mouth, is him, since birth, no change. He is a good eater, so that is no worry, but how do I brush the child's teeth? I really have no idea how to handle this. Does this sound sensory or behavioral? I need to be able to get in his mouth. Any suggestions on things I can do to help with this situation would be greatly appreciated! TIA!

Mary

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Fri, 02-11-2005 - 1:31pm
Mary, I'm sorry I'm unable to give you any advice. We're at the other end. My Ds is almost 3 and still puts everything in his mouth. I'm sure one of the other wonderful ladies here will be able to offer a suggestion though. Welcome!
Sherri
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Registered: 11-01-2004
Fri, 02-11-2005 - 3:54pm

Mary it very well could be sensory.

               

 

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Registered: 11-16-2004
Fri, 02-11-2005 - 5:34pm
Have you gone to the store and had him pick out his own toothbrush? Picking it out mught make him interested. I wouldn't push him at all. The vibrating toothbrush is a good idea, but I would also make sure he had another one he liked. The vibrating might scare him or tickle. My son (not as orally defensive as your son though, my dd is the one with the sensory issues) I just let him do it for a while. Now DH does this eeeee, aaaaa thing with him that gets him to let us do it. He is 2 years 4 months btw. HTH
Michele
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Registered: 09-20-2004
Fri, 02-11-2005 - 10:54pm

Mary,

What helped with ds was a vibrating tooth brush. We would also lay him on our lap and let his head hang upside down (worked sometimes). I remember tickling him too b/c he would open his mouth.

He used to clamp down on the toothbrush and not open up. He was like that with everything (Our fingers too)! G/L - hope some of these ideas help.

Kim

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Sat, 02-12-2005 - 11:49am

I found some products while looking for chew tubes for my dd who loves to put stuff in her mouth--these are for children who are sensitive to toothbrushing....http://www.beyondplay.com/CATALOG/ORA4.HTM.

You can maybe try using a large hand puppet too--have your child brush the puppet's teeth or tongue. Make a game out of it, give the puppet a sticker etc... Are you using an infant/toddler brush? Maybe your child can put their hand over yours while you brush so they don't feel not in control. HTH...

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Sun, 02-13-2005 - 2:18am

Thank you for all the wonderful ideas. We will definitely try brushing the teeth of a hand puppet. We even have one with teeth. Hopefully this will help him see that it is not so bad. I hope. Maybe some books would help too.

We have tried every toothbrush imagineable and he likes them (except for the vibrating one), but he closes his lips and teeth so tightly if we try to use them. We have held him upside down and done some tickling and sometimes this works, but it's never very pretty.

It seems so primal and defensive, it truly amazes me.

Thank you,
Mary