As the Navigator gets closer to entering puberty and adolescence, I have been thinking about how to add an increasing number of personal hygiene tasks to his routines.
Especially since we are still struggling with basic tooth brushing.
The Navigator doesn’t like brushing his gums. We have tried traditional toothbrushes, followed up by rubbing his gums, but he was not remotely interested in doing that. It took too long as far as he was concerned.
He liked using an electric toothbrush with a spinning head, but that did not solve the issue of his uncleaned gums.
Then he started using the Dental3x toothbrush.
The design of three heads that surround the tooth meant that he can get more tooth surface cleaned in the short period of time he is willing to spend on brushing his teeth.
And his gums get brushed, too. His teeth and gums have been cleaner than I have ever seen them.
Most importantly, he likes it. The toothbrush samples we were given came with a chart to help him brush each quadrant of his mouth, including his tongue.
The chart was very clear and easy to follow – I didn’t even explain it to him, I just mounted it on the mirror in his bathroom with the suction cup hook that was provided with the chart.
It has been a couple of weeks and he is still counting to himself while he stands in front of the sink brushing.
That’s a good sign.
The only drawback the Navigator experienced was from some chewy stimming he did with the three toothbrush heads – he managed to chew them off of one toothbrush.
Fortunately, he is old enough to not do this again, though I would caution parents with kids who compulsively stim through chewing, especially on their toothbrushes, to keep a close eye on their child while using this toothbrush.
The folks at Dental3x also sent adult toothbrushes for Autism Dad and me to to try. They did not stand up to the cleaning we get from our electric Sonicare toothbrushes, but I think that is not really an apples-to-apples comparison.
Were I someplace that an electric toothbrush was not practical, like camping or on an airplane, I would like to have the Dental3x with me.
For an adult who cannot use an electric toothbrush for whatever reason, the Dental3x may be the perfect toothbrush for ensuring clean teeth and gums.
For this review we received a generous supply of both youth and adult toothbrushes for us to try. Our intention was to use some and donate the rest in our community; however, the Navigator has requested that we keep the youth toothbrushes so that he can continue to use them.
We will be donating his unused standard toothbrushes instead.
The Dental3x toothbrush is currently available only from the folks at Dental3x. They have kindly offered a 20% discount for Autism Mom readers who want to try out the toothbrushes.
Click here to visit the Dental3x website and use coupon code Autism-Mom20 when you buy.
This review is my honest personal opinion. I received no compensation for this review other than the free product to review and donate. Click here for other dental hygiene ideas.