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.
An oral health care plan:
An oral health care plan is particularly useful where people a number of staff are likely to support one person, such as in supported accommodation.
It may just as easily be used in a one-on-one support situation.
Often a person’s key support worker will coordinate this. Wherever possible, they will be directed by the person and any other relevant part of the person’s support team; family, other staff, their oral health professional, an occupational therapist or speech pathologist, etc.
You may like to use this oral health care plan template or adapt an existing health care template you already use.
A helpful first step may be to complete a task breakdown checklist. This can help work out which parts of the daily care routine the person can do independently and where they might want support.