Positions For Brushing

There are different positions that you can use for brushing your clients teeth, for those in and out of a wheelchair. The purpose of using an alternative position is so that you can easily see into the client’s mouth in a manner that would support the client’s body and avoid gagging or chocking.

For clients not in a wheel chair there are four very simple positions that can greatly improve both yours and your client’s brushing experience.

1. Method 1

    •  Sit on a chair and place the client on the floor right in front in you.
    • Place the client’s head against your knees.
    • In cases where the client moves around a lot, you can place your legs gently over the client’s arm to keep them from moving.

2. Method 2

    • Place the client on a bed or sofa where they can lay down with his or her head in your lap.
    • Use your arm to support the client’s head and shoulders.
    • In cases where the client is unable to sit still, have a second person to gently hold the client’s feet and hands.

3. Method 3

    • For a position that is most relaxing for the client you can place them on a beanbag chair.
    • You sit on a chair or floor so that the client’s head is on your lap.
    • Use your arm to support the client’s head and shoulders.

4. Method 4

    • Place the client on the floor laying down.
    • Place his or her head on a pillow.
    • Kneel behind the client and support the head using your arm.

For clients in a wheel chair there are two very simple positions that will greatly improve your ability to brush his or her teeth.

1. Method 1

    • You stand behind the wheelchair
    • Support his or her head against your body. You can even use a pillow to improve comfort.

2. Method 2

    • You sit in a chair behind the client’s wheelchair.
    • Lock the wheels of the wheel chair.
    • Tilt the wheelchair back so that the client’s head is resting in your lap.

 

Each position will have either a demonstrational video or picture
Source for positions: http://141.161.111.132/OHRC_main/SpecialCare/pdf/positions.pdf
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