DS (8 yrs, PDD-NOS) has trouble with keeping his mouth open and his lips apart to get his teeth clean.
I have to clean his teeth, as he just does not do a good job by himself, though I always make sure he has a go himself first.
He does have a small mouth and it is crowded with teeth now that he has some of his adult teeth through, which probably doesn't help, but also makes it more important to clean them as there is some overlapping.
He can open his mouth well enough to scrub the molars, but when I get him to put his teeth together so I can clean the front ones, he just can't seem to hold them in that position. As soon as I apply the brush, he pulls them apart. More frustratingly, he can't seem to lift his top lip so I can get to his front top teeth. It almost is as if he is physically incapable of manipulating his lip, or at least holding it in the position.
I have to back him up against the wall (otherwise he just leans his head back further and further away from me) and use my fingers to hold his top lip up, but even this isn't working very well.
Does anyone have any suggestions as it is getting harder and harder to clean his teeth? Also, would it be something I could consult an OT on, or what type of therapist is best for this sort of thing?
Any tips would be great, thanks
edited to add - he doesn't complain of any pain and he CAN open his mouth wide, just not HOLD it that way once the toothbrush goes in.
This post has been edited by quangle~wangle~quee: 23/05/2012, 12:12 PM