How to brush
Brush teeth and gums twice a day. Offer support which allows someone to do as much of the mouth care routine as possible.
Look at each person’s abilities and be creative when working out what is needed. An oral health professional or occupational therapist can help.
Toothpaste provides a small amount of fluoride which helps to protect teeth against tooth decay.
In general, it’s best to:
Some people don’t like the taste, smell, feel or colour of regular toothpaste. There are a range of toothpastes they can try; different flavours, low-foaming and others. You can buy some of these at a pharmacy or speak with an oral health professional about the options.
Toothpaste with a pump (rather than a cap) can be useful for people with reduced movement in their hands or arms.
What if it’s not possible to use toothpaste? Brushing with tap water only is still good. Rinse well with fresh water afterwards.
Not sure about choosing the right tools?
Speak with an oral health professional. They can give specific advice on what to try based on a person’s particular needs.