All children should start visiting the dentist as soon as the teeth appear in the mouth – so from 6 months of age onwards. Some parents are surprised at this! It is important to begin visiting the dentist early so that practical help and advice can be given to you on how to prevent your child’s teeth from developing decay. It also helps everyone get used to the experience so that it becomes routine.

Young children should be encouraged to brush their own teeth. However, the reality of the situation is that most children under 6 years of age do not have the required manual dexterity to effectively remove the plaque from their own teeth. Children with autism may have additional problems with motor and perception skills which may make this extremely difficult.

Parents should let their child brush initially but then ‘finish off’ the process to ensure that the plaque is brushed off the teeth. Ordinary (manual) toothbrushes are just as effective at cleaning children’s teeth as electric ones. Many children with autism do not like the vibration associated with electric brushes whilst others love them – it’s all a matter of personal preference!

Information as found on (


Wiley’s PatientACCESS Online Library

Children with autism dread the dentist

Hands in Autism Program: Autism Resources for Dental Practices

Treating Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Healthy Smiles for Autism 

Visiting the dentist and oral health

Getting to know you Questionnaire for patients with ASD