Many people with disabilities are not able to complete their oral hygiene routine on their own. If you are a caregiver of someone in just such a circumstance, we understand that figuring out exactly how to help them can be tricky. Elite Dentistry PC is happy to help.
The average person brushes and flosses 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, think about seating the individual at a table in a reclined position. Make sure that you have good lighting. Place a 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. You may want to practice first. After that, consistency is key; use the same routine every day. Eventually, your client will adjust.
When you bring them to the dentist for the first time, it’s imperative to be acquainted with their dental and medical history. Remember to bring information about insurance and billing. After that, you may want to write down few things about each appointment. There are some records that Elite Dentistry PC will keep as well, but it helps to have your own.
Is your client due for a dental appointment? Just call Dr. Mohamed Waheed and our expert dental team in Addison, Illinois at (630) 592.8116. We’re here to help!