Back in November, my 2.5 year old ds had major tooth decay and had to be put under general anasthesia to get several crowns and several cavities done. He is autistic and mentally retarded due to a chromosomal abnormality. He nurses A Lot still, day and night. He also has severe sensory issues, so that any touch, particularly to his face and mouth are extremely traumatic to him. I'm really at a loss as to what to do, because I know he needs to be getting his teeth brushed, but the trauma we have to put him through every day(holding him down while he flails and screams in panic and terror), is so terrible. I feel so bad because I know it is not just that he does'nt like the tooth brushing, but he is literally terrified by it. It does'nt help any that I can't really explain to him what I'm doing and why because his understanding of speech is almost none. But I'm also very worried that he is going to have more tooth decay and I cannot bear the thought of putting him through that again. I am looking for any advice on ways to make the brushing any easier or other possible ways to clean his teeth.
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1/13/02 at 6:52pm