I was just wondering if poor oral hygiene could be as a result of my autism? There’s something about toothpaste that I just don’t like and while I make an effort to clean my teeth at least once a day it’s a struggle. And going to the dentist just sends my anxiety through the roof so I generally avoid going unless I have to.
Does any of this sound familiar? And what workarounds are there to improve my oral health?
Oral hygiene has been one of my pet peeves for a long time.
I now brush my teeth twice or three times (always before going to sleep) a day with a battery operated toothbrush and use quality branded toothpaste. AND use expanding dental floss every time.
As a child, my mother was in charge of my dental hygiene. She lost all her teeth when she was around forty. So she was obsessed with making sure I would have better teeth.
The result was I had 5 teeth extracted when I was 18. And the dentist predicted that I would be lucky not to be toothless by the age of 21.
I am now 55 and haven't lost any more teeth.