Stage of Research: Fundamental Research Team Members: 3
Autism Neurodiversity Oral Health SEND

Supporting Parents of Children with Autism with Oral Health (ToothPASTE)

In England, a quarter of 5 year olds have tooth decay. Twice daily toothbrushing with fluoride toothpaste and limiting sugary foods and drinks helps prevent tooth decay. For autistic children, establishing good oral health habits can be complex, owing to extra challenges, such as communication, altered sensitivity and rigid behaviour patterns.

toothPASTE will work with autistic children, families with young autistic children and the professionals who care for them. toothPASTE will identify what support families need, which early-years professionals could provide it and the best times to provide this support.

Findings will inform the design of local services and national guidance around how best to support the oral health of young autistic children.

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Fundamental Research

Core Science

Fundamental Research

Discovery and Design

Implement in schools


Trials and Assessment


Large Randomised Controlled Trial


Regional Rollout


Evidence-based Policy

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Dr. Peter Day

University of Leeds - Professor and Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry

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