Loss of memory or strength may lead to poor dental care

Try: Some care recipients crs need help brushing their teeth #use a soft child-sized toothbrush to lower a cr’s fear of foreign objects in the mouth #press down hard while squeezing out toothpaste to push the paste into the brush’s bristles so the cr can’t shake it off #use children’s edible toothpaste for a cr who doesn’t understand how to spit and rinse #help raise the cr’s arm to brush teeth if help is needed #use simple verbal cues such as pick up your toothbrush and put the toothbrush in your mouth give only one instruction at a time #give visual cues; for example pretend to brush your own teeth while the cr brushes his or hers #try posting signs in the bathroom demonstrating the procedure in a step-by-step manner #keep dentures clean and cared for because neglect can lead to health problems #respect the feelings of the cr you are helping and slow down if the cr is anxious embarrassed or frustrated

Materials: Caregiver child-sized soft toothbrush toothpaste that can be swallowed visual cues

Categories: Cognitive Intellectual, Personal

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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