Oral Hygiene



 There are many challenges that you as a caregiver face when trying to take care of your client’s oral health. The client might move around and make it hard for you to hold him or her for a long enough time to actually brush his or her teeth. Or the client might be physically able to brush his or her own teeth, but have a difficult time grasping the toothbrush. Other problems include patients with swallowing problems, which makes using certain rinses difficult and even dangerous. And a very popular problem, which you are probably familiar to, is having trouble motivating the client to brush. Luckily, these challenges can easily be eased with just a few simple tips and modifications that you can do to a simple oral hygiene routine.

In this section we are going to cover:

  1. Positioning for Brushing Teeth 
  2. Adaptations for the Toothbrush
  3. Troubles Keeping the Mouth Open  
  4. The Issue of Toothpaste
  5. Using Rinses and Not Swallowing it