Many people with disabilities are not able to care for their teeth and gums on their own. If you are a caregiver of such an individual, it can be difficult to figure out exactly how to help them brush, floss and visit the dentist in the smoothest way. Ultimate Smile Dental is delighted to give you some tips.
Most people do their oral hygiene routine in the bathroom, but that might not be the right place for your client. Consider trying the kitchen or dining room. Instead of a sink, consider seating the individual at a table in a reclined position. Make sure that you have good lighting. Then place the toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and a bowl and a glass of water within easy reach.
Having someone brush their teeth for them may be scary for some people if they aren’t used to it. To calm their nerves, try the “tell-show-do” approach. Before you actually brush or floss their teeth, tell them and show them what you’ll do, and then do it as you described. After that, consistency is key; use the same routine every day. Eventually your client will adjust.
When you take them to the dentist for the first time, it’s vital to know their dental and medical history. Remember to bring information about insurance, billing and legal information. After that, it helps to write down few things about each appointment so you can tell a dentist about it if needed in future. There are some records that Ultimate Smile Dental will keep as well.
Are you ready for a dental appointment? Just call Dr. Robert Wagner and our expert dental team in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at 954-566-5428. We’re here to help!