Ways of Helping a Handicapped Adult Keep Their Teeth Clean
Posted on 1/30/2020 by Dr. Jon Packman
People of all walks of life have family members or loved ones that have experienced some type of physical disability, and therefore find it tough to grasp and hold onto a toothbrush and even dental floss.
Helping an adult with oral hygiene requires a tremendous amount of patience and planning. There are ways to make it helpful for you and the person you are caring for. This can generally be resolved using a few simple devices and options we have listed for you here.
Devices & Strategies You Can Use
An enlarged toothbrush handle is one of the easiest and quickest ways you can begin to help the adult in your life to maintain good oral hygiene. If that is not a comfortable solution, you can also try an electric toothbrush and a special floss container.
It's also important that you help them brush every day, even if that means taking on the task yourself. If the person is not comfortable with you brushing their teeth, use the strategies we listed to enlarge the toothbrush or make the process manageable for your at-home patient.
How We Provide Oral Hygiene Assistance as Dental Professionals
In addition to flossing and brushing daily, it's important that when providing oral care for our patients with developmental or physical disabilities requires that we possess a certain set of skills that can help our new and returning patients adapt to skills they use every single day.
We talk with our patients and their caregivers to determine how the patient's disabilities might affect their oral hygiene, and how the caregiver can help to open the patient's mind to new alternatives and practices. The goal is to set the groundwork for successful treatment and future visits with our dental professionals. Call us today and schedule your free consultation.