Just because you don’t eat by mouth, doesn’t mean you can neglect your “pearly whites!” Not only is a clean mouth important for your overall health, but also for your comfort.
Here are a few tips to keep your smile bright…
- Did you know, individuals with feeding tubes might be at greater risk for tartar build up? For this reason, it’s important to see your dentist for regular cleanings. Ask them if you should be coming in more than twice a year.
- Don’t skimp on brushing! Brush 2 to 3 times per day, preferably with a tartar control toothpaste to help limit some of the buildup mentioned in tip number one.
BONUS TIP! If your loved one needs assistance with brushing, it is often easier to brush someone else’s teeth from behind.
- Talk to your dentist about flossing. Depending on your age and tolerance level, flossing may or may not be right for you. If you are helping someone else floss, a holder may make it easier to get between the teeth.
- If you or your loved one can’t tolerate toothpaste, you can still brush! Consult with your dentist on whether brushing with water is adequate to remove plaque and debris.
- Don’t forget the tongue and lips! Be sure to brush the tongue and moisturize the lips with a product containing petroleum jelly or similar products.
- If gagging is a problem, consider the Vacu-Brush. It is a toothbrush with a suction machine that might help.
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