Poor Oral Hygiene

Hi all,

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?


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  • Not sure if its necessarily an autism thing. I have always had problems with it. Noted in my in patient psychiatric records from the early 80s. In my case its something I don't automatically remember to do rather than any dislike of toothpaste.

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