Whether you are a professional or family member, helping someone with a physical disability requires foresight and peace of mind. These are attributes you can develop. If your client cannot brush, floss or visit the dentist on their own, Keven R. Mills, DDS is delighted to help you plan how to help them best.
People with physical disabilities might be especially susceptible to infection, so wash your hands before you start and consider putting on disposable gloves. Help your client into a reclining position in their wheelchair or on a reclining chair. Stand or sit behind them in such a way that you can hold their head back so it is comfortable for them and so you can see their teeth. Brush each tooth in short strokes. Offer them a glass of water afterward and have them rinse and spit into a bowl. If they cannot swallow or rinse, use warm water instead of toothpaste.
Cut a piece of floss that is 18 inches long. Grasp it between the thumb and index finger of each of your hands and gently nudge it between each tooth. Start with the lower front teeth and then the upper front teeth and gradually work your way to the back. Use a new section of floss for each crevice to circumvent cross-contamination.
Going to the Dentist:
You can visit us at least twice a year. If you believe that the first appointment might be nerve-wracking for your client, we can organize a non-intimidating “get-to-know-you” appointment without any dental work. If you’d like, Dr. Keven R. Mills or a member of our dental team can even give you and your client in-person pointers on how to brush and floss. Just ring us in Granite Bay, California at 916-915-5108.