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Oral Health Tips for People With Disabilities

08 Dec , 2020

It’s definitely a challenge for most people to maintain optimal oral health. Today we live in a fast-paced society where a lot of our activities are carried out on the run, including eating. For proper oral care, you need time which seems to be in short supply too. Visiting the dentist, flossing and brushing seem more like chores.

But for those with disabilities, it can be a bigger challenge to accomplish these activities.

Here are few tips to maintain oral health for those with disabilities.

  1. Rely on a support system

    Despite the challenges faced, some people with disabilities lead a full and independent life. But everyone needs help from time to time. Oral health should be a part of their daily care routine and should not be neglected. Family, friends, caretakers and the individual themselves should not ignore oral health.

An individual with a disability should be able to rely on their support system if their disability prevents them from being able to brush or floss effectively and adequately. It’s a habit that should be incorporated into the daily routine by the caregiver so that it can be achieved with assistance.

  1. The right supplies

    Making a decision to choose the right oral health supplies can make a huge difference.

Say for instance, for some, it may be difficult to brush effectively with a manual toothbrush as they have a problem with coordination. So moving the brush around and cleaning the surface of the tooth may not be achievable. In such a case, an electric toothbrush will play as an excellent alternative as it requires less intricate control and can be guided over teeth in an easier fashion.

Similar to that, water picks are a good flossing instrument alternative. They are far more effective especially if the person finds it difficult to coordinate with their fingers or reaching deep into their mouth.

  1. Opt for experienced professionals

    Although all dental offices must provide access for those in wheelchairs and other disabilities, it doesn’t automatically mean that all dental offices are equipped or even experienced to provide optimal care for those with disabilities. Some offices may have to make adjustments to the office and the normal routine even if they are only performing a simple examination. Hence, it’s best to seek out and opt for an office where the staff are trained with the required experience of dealing with individuals with different disabilities. This is an invaluable asset for both the individuals and families.

  2. Keep costs under control

    A lot of people face this issue – people with disabilities already face medical bills which are higher than average which leaves them making a decision about which type of care they can afford to receive. In a scenario like this, dental care is often given the back seat as compared to other pressing issues, especially if no pain or discomfort is felt.

Dental care is as important as other care so, in order to keep costs under control if you visit the dentist twice a year for regular check-ups and follow all the basic to-do’s, you will be able to avoid large medical bills.

In summation,

Locate a dentist who is experienced in dealing and treating those with disabilities to ensure the best quality of treatment.

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