Many people with disabilities are not able to take adequate care of their mouths on their own. It can be tricky to figure out the best way to help them as well. Family Dental Care is offer some tips.
The bathroom might not be the best place for your client, especially if they are in a wheelchair. Consider the kitchen or dining room instead. You can seat the individual at a table instead of a sink and place a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and a bowl and a glass of water within easy reach.
If you need to brush their teeth for them, this may be scary for some people. To calm their nerves, try the “tell-show-do” approach. Before you start, tell them and show them what you’ll do, and then do it exactly the way you explained it. You may want to practice first. After that, consistency is important; use the same routine every day. Eventually your client will adjust.
When you bring them to the dentist for the first time, it’s crucial to be familiar with their dental and medical history. Remember to bring insurance, billing and legal information as well. After the first appointment, you may want to write down few things about what happened at each appointment. There are some records that Family Dental Care will keep as well, but it helps to have your own.
Is your client due for a dental appointment? Just call Dr. Gary K. Walden and our expert dental team in Bowling Green, Kentucky at 270.282.0909. Our team will be happy to help you and your client with dental care today!