Taking care of someone with a disability is a great challenge. As much as possible, you need to be extra understanding and enduring when attending to the person with disabilities’ oral health care needs. The fact that they are less capable of doing things that require physical effort, such as brushing and flossing, they are in a deep need of your help. But how are you going to accomplish it?
Midgette Family Dentistry provides Special Care Services to patients with disabilities. We understand the special needs of every developmentally disabled patient that is why we make sure to give them the best oral cleaning procedures that they deserve. Moreover, the developmentally disabled person also need oral care treatment like anyone else.
To break the barrier in dentistry, many dental clinics are now offering Special Care Services to developmentally disabled patients which includes oral cleaning and other dental examinations. The fact that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are more at risk to teeth and gum disease because they are less capable of maintaining proper oral hygiene, this kind of service offered by many dentistry clinics today might be helpful to them. Other than that, there are also ways to provide special oral health care to your “special ones” regularly.
Before executing any oral care practice to people with developmental disabilities, make sure to move calmly and slowly to avoid startling them.
To make the person cooperate, try explaining what you are about to do.
Make sure that every oral cleaning tools that you use are gentle enough to avoid giving them the fear to do oral health care activity the next time. Pick toothbrush that has soft bristles or mouthwash that is not harsh.
Consider using electric toothbrushes than regular ones to make their brushing experience easier and more comfortable.
Flossing the person’s teeth is also necessary to remove any excess food debris that might settle in between the spaces of their teeth which may cause other gum and teeth issues. Using flavored floss may encourage them to floss even more.
Midgette Family Dentistry is always ready to provide Special Care Services in Chesapeake for patients with developmental disabilities. We are located at 3326 Taylor Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23321.