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Oral Health Advice

"The Ultimate Guide to Oral Health"
guide to oral health
Source: Greatist
You Can't Afford not to Brush
Dental costs
"Oral Hygiene 101"
oral hygiene
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"Oral Health: Good Habits vs. Bad Habits"
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What to Look for in Toothpaste
"Dental Myth, Facts, and Oddities"
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Brushing Tips

"When to Replace Your Toothbrush"
Source: Smile Savvy
How to Brush with a Manual Toothbrush
How to Use an Interdental Brush
How to Brush
In Spanish


Flossing Tips

"5 Biggest Flossing Mistakes"
flossing mistakes
Flossing with Braces




Advice for Caregivers

Oral Care Advice for Caregivers
Elderly caregiver
  • When brushing teeth use a soft bristle toothbrush and make sure to brush all surfaces of the teeth well.
  • Replace toothbrush about every three months.
  • If they are brushing their own teeth strap it to their hand using a wide elastic band or enlarge the brush handle by taping it to a sponge, bike handle grip, rubber ball, or widening the handle with duck tape.
  • You can also lengthen the handle of the toothbrush by taping tongue depressors, Popsicle sticks or a ruler to the handle.
  • If possible have them use an electric toothbrush, they are easier to operate and more thorough.
  • Don't let them share toothbrushes with anyone else.
  • If they are not use to flossing try an automatic flosser. Their gums may bleed and be sore for about a week, but that will stop with regular flossing.
  • Use distractions such as music or television when brushing and flossing.
  • Be on the look out for oral trauma if they bite their lips, cheeks or tongue.
  • if feeding tubes and other oral apparatuses are used they might be more susceptible to gingivitis and other oral health problems.

To learn more about Dental Care for Caregivers visit:
Dental Care Every Day: A Caregiver's Guide
Where to stand when brushing

For more advice visit:
NIDCR's Developmental Disabilities and Oral Health

Special needs kid: 10 simple solutions for healthy teeth Dental Care for the Elderly and Disabled  
Practical Oral Care for People With Intellectual Disability
International Association for Disability and Oral Health (iADH)





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