- Choose a place where the person is relaxed and comfortable. It doesn’t have to be the bathroom.
- Limiting distractions (noises, bright lights, other people) will be important for some people.
- Encourage involvement and independence as far as possible at all stages of the routine.
- Have a mirror so the person can see themselves.
- Having visual reminders showing the steps of toothbrushing can help to support independence. (See resources)
- Ideally, mouth care will happen twice a day; in the morning and at night before bed. If this isn’t possible, try to find a time when the person is relaxed and you have time to assist.
- Allowing enough staff time is important as some people may need more time and to take breaks.
- For people who use memory book, diary or timetable, make sure the mouth care routine is included.