Many children with autism find that brushing and flossing are over-stimulating activities, which is no fun when you have to manage those feelings every morning and night. Plus, these anxieties can amplify when it’s time to head to the dentist. That’s why comfort items are an excellent resource! Many children have a favorite toy, tablet, or item that makes them feel grounded and more relaxed. Allowing them to have the item while they brush at home and visit the dentist gives them a resource to make the experience more enjoyable.
Texas Tiny Teeth always welcomes small comfort items during appointments. As soon as they begin to feel stressed, remind them that their comfort item is there, and they can focus on it while dealing with the unwanted sensory issue. Not only will this help them in the short term, but it can create a positive connection with brushing and flossing in the long term.