Using Rinses, but not swallowing
Although brushing is a great way to remove plaque, there are places that toothbrushes cannot reach. Flossing can get to those hard to reach places, but for individuals with special needs, it can be nearly impossible to floss.
Instead, try using fluoridated rinses!
Rinses can help avoid gum disease and remove anything left over after brushing. Ideally with any type of mouthwash, you want to swish for about 10 seconds and then spit it all out. Many of our loved ones might not be able to spit and will instead swallow the mouthwash. So here are a few tips to still use mouthwash, but to not have to worry about swallowing:
Dip the toothbrush in Listerine fluoridated rinse and brush your loved one’s teeth and gums as if the rinse was toothpaste
Use a spongy material or gauze and dip it into fluoridated rinse and gently apply that to his or her teeth and gums