Tactile Sensory issues and bad breath in 4 year old son

by Jenn
(Indiana)

My son hates anything invasive (teeth brushing, hair brushing, nail / hair cutting, ect) He croutons but OMG the onion garlic breath they leave him with is horrid. Since he is a resistant eater to begin with I hate to take a food away (even though in my mind Croutons hardly qualify as 'food' but still)but when they hate having his / her teeth brushed, how do you combat the halitosis that comes with that?? He will only let me use the 'training' toothpaste which does nothing for breath. I've wanted to try the scope strips on him but I know he will violently resist them and then be fearful of my trying to help him brush his teeth, ect.


If you're in this situation too, what do you do??

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Jul 30, 2010
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i understand
by: Anonymous

my son hates to get his teeth brushed but me myself had periodontitis at a young age and I hate to smell bad breathe so I hold my son down and brush his teeth and come to find out the more I did it the more he got used to it he now will brush his own teeth and just recently I took him to the dentist and he doesn't have any cavities. I think some of it is that you are mommy and know what is best for him and you gotta do what you gotta do.

Jul 16, 2010
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You might try
by: Anonymous

You might try gum or mints that aren't to minty and are sugar free. The gum is better for the teeth as it sorda acts as a brushing thing but some sensory kids can't do gum. I would definitely take him to the dentist if he hasn't been yet as my son was very similar and we waited because I thought he would never tolerate the dentist. We were brushing his teeth once he started tolerating it at like 3 years old but only with the training toothpaste as well. When we took him to the dentist at like 3 1/2 he had 5 cavities 4 of which required caps one of those needing a baby root canal! The dentist said we had to switch as soon as possible to regular toothpaste or we were just wasting our time. When we told our child about this and explained the reason and what the dentist said he started working through the issues a bit better. Good luck!

Jul 16, 2010
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it'll b ok
by: Anonymous

you might want to try the act for kids bubblegum flavor mouth wash that way it's not brushing but as long as he doesn't swallow it it will be better than not doing anything. also try speaking to the dentist he may have some solutions... has your son been to the dentist yet?? it not see if he will let them use their spinny brush it's less scraping and more vibrating then bring him in ever 3 months instead of 6 for a cleaning if he does like it. the most important thing is to find something that works for him and concentrate on his dental health. or you could try one of those small gum brushes for infants and just let him chew on it....anything to get him to brush will help the halitosis...also another reason for the halitosis may be a possible cavity .... if that is the case make sure you have a dentist that understands your sons problem and really believes in it... or your son will have a life long hate for the dentist which will suck for you and him!!!


good luck!!! hope this helped a little

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