Caring for someone else’s dental hygiene can be quite challenging. It’s intrusive, and many people may feel comfortable if you try to do this for them. Particularly, if they have learning difficulties are other special needs. Even young children may resist against someone cleaning their teeth for them. That’s why it’s best to get young children cleaning their teeth as early as possible.
If you are caring for someone else’s oral hygiene, it’s useful to get some tips that will make it easier.
You should be aware that oral hygiene and the process of having their teeth cleaned will be frightening for some people. If you are cleaning their teeth, make sure that you offer them reassurance. One way to do this is by showing them what you’re going to do with your teeth first. Talk them through the steps and make sure they know exactly what’s going to happen before you start. Show them that it’s not scary. This can be especially helpful if you’re cleaning the teeth of someone with learning difficulties. They will want to know that the process is safe.
You might also want to let them feel the toothbrush or floss before you use it on them. This can again, help them see that there’s nothing to be scared of. They will then trust you to use the toothbrush, cleaning their teeth.
Use A Distraction Or Something To Calm Them Down
It can be quite uncomfortable for someone to have their teeth cleaned. You need to find a way to distract them from this discomfort and unpleasant feeling with something that is familiar. If it’s a young child, this could be a favorite toy that you can let them hold. For older patients, you may want to think about putting on music or putting the TV on in the background. Anything that distracts their senses will help them to forget that you’re cleaning their teeth. It’s useful when working with anyone who has sensory issues like someone with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder).
Create A Routine
For people with learning disorders, it’s best to have a routine. Particularly, if you are always going to be the one responsible for cleaning their teeth. You need to give them a structure that they can follow and trust. For instance, they should know that you’ll start by brushing their teeth on a particular side. You can then move on to flossing and finally the mouthwash. You should keep the same routine each time, rather than creating an unnecessary change. This will make the process easier for them to deal with.
Keep An Open Dialogue
Finally, even while you are brushing and cleaning their teeth, you should be keeping an open dialogue. Make sure they know what’s going on and what you’re doing at any point. You can also talk to them about different things or simply offer words of approval. Positive conditioning will help them accept the process more and allow for it to be part of their routine.