Tooth Brushing Tips for Caregivers

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Here's a GREAT article on tooth brushing tips for caregivers.

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research suggests these steps if the patient can't brush his or her own teeth:

  • Wash your hands and wear disposable gloves.
  • Gently remove dentures or partials.
  • Check between the teeth and cheeks for bits of food, swiping the area with a gloved finger or damp gauze.
  • Use a brush with soft bristles.
  • Use a small amount of fluoride toothpaste.
  • Hold the brush bristles at an angle toward the gum line so they clean between the gums and teeth.
  • Brush the teeth on all sides using small circular motions, then brush the tongue.
  • If the person you care for cannot rinse, give a drink of water or sweep the mouth with a finger wrapped in damp gauze.

Link to full article :

https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2018-12-24/health-tip-toothbrushing-tips-for-caregivers?fbclid=IwAR1uWPy0LGELUwg2mdyACT34LOHcciTW8B_TN4ekT5nzbjsvC5FdilQM7DU


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