Some people with developmental disabilities or with special health care needs are not able to brush their teeth or floss on their own. They require the help from a caregiver. Although caregivers play a crucial role, it is important to empower patients to participate in daily dental hygiene practices. Here are a few tips:
- Brush with an electric toothbrush for patients with disabilities for more thorough plaque removal.
- To address low dexterity, use a thicker handle instead of the original toothbrush handle. You can also use a tennis ball or bike handle if the toothbrush handle needs to be bigger.
- Caregivers can also practice the “hand under hand” technique when assisting the patient with brushing.