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"The Ultimate Guide to Oral Health"
You Can't Afford not to Brush
Source: Pentron Strada
"Oral Hygiene 101"
"Oral Health: Good Habits vs. Bad Habits"
Source; Old Quarter Dental
What to Look for in Toothpaste
"Dental Myth, Facts, and Oddities"
Source: Golden Rule Insurance Company
"When to Replace Your Toothbrush"
Source: Smile Savvy
How to Brush with a Manual Toothbrush
How to Use an Interdental Brush
"How to Floss"
"5 Biggest Flossing Mistakes"
Source: Completely You
Flossing with Braces
Oral Care Advice for Caregivers
- 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.
Dental Care Every Day: A Caregiver's Guide
For more advice visit:
NIDCR's Developmental Disabilities and Oral Health
Special needs kid: 10 simple solutions for healthy teeth
Dentistry.com- Dental Care for the Elderly and Disabled
Practical Oral Care for People With Intellectual Disability
International Association for Disability and Oral Health (iADH)