Oral hygiene is a very important part of my family`s daily life. My son Jarod was diagnosed with autism when he was 3 and his Occupational therapist advised us to get him used to a certain routine at home. It is very important that at a young age he gets used and practice it.
We started teaching him to gargle when he turned 8 years old as per advice of his OT teacher and our family dentist. They recommended adding a mouthwash to our daily routine because mouthwash is effective in the fight against tooth decay, gingivitis as well it promotes healthy teeth and gums and to a child with autism routine and self care is everything.
Benefits to using a mouthwash (along with regular brushing and flossing):
- Freshens breathe – it reduces bath breath, kills bacteria associated with causing bad breathe leaving a mouth minty fresh
- Prevents the build up of plaque – It helps prevent plaque build up in the gums, in-between teeth and on the surface.
- When used before brushing loosens particles in the mouth making brushing and flossing easier.
- Stop the formation of cavities – since mouthwashes contains fluoride that can prevent cavities and strengthen teeth enamel
Our family tried a lot of the brands but he found the others too strong and leaves a burning sensation in his mouth in the end, he would rather skip gargling.