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Advice on Brushing Teeth
However, I was not allowed to purchase the pole and I don't think it would of work as designed because my father does not comprehend to not disturb the mouth prop. So, with my fingers I hold the prop, turned to the side, to keep his mouth open.
Lately, I'm getting tired of using it, or my father is just, really liking to keeping his mouth just barely open. Sometimes, it's more like I have to shove the mouth prop in, then turn. I'm not very patient.
So, I just ordered this and it was delivered today>>
It has 3 sizes for each finger, so I'm going to use all 3 sizes on my index finger and use my finger to keep his mouth open...
Tonight will be the first time I'll try it..
My mother is able to brush her teeth, but refuses because she thinks she just did it or doesn't need it done. When the aids remind her, she blows them off. If they were to try and help her brush, she'd probably scream at them. As a result, she has cavities at every dental cleaning (which I take her to every three months).
I had to brush my mother's teeth and did so for years, but lately she won't open her mouth and if I do get the toothbrush in her mouth by some miracle-she clamps down on it like your mother does. I have to live with the fact that my mother will not be having her teeth brushed anymore.
I use glycerine soaked swabs that I get from hospice and dip them in mouth wash and pucker her cheeks by hand and force it into her mouth. Sometimes I can rub her teeth with it, other times I cannot-but it keeps her breathe somewhat fresh and makes me feel like I am doing something for her dental care. Good luck.
How fortuitous! I have "Look up alternatives to tooth brushing" on my to-do list because we are having the same issues, wonderland! I'm going to adopt some of the suggestions already posted, but I also found these two articles with some good tips:
Ah, Teepa! Always so helpful! https://dailycaring.com/how-to-help-someone-with-alzheimers-brush-their-teeth/
I have no idea what the hell they're talking about in Step 1, but some of the rest of the strategies I'm gonna give a go! https://www.alzheimersreadingroom.com/2011/05/strategies-to-promote-mouth-care-in.html
DW has been claiming that she has brushed her teeth, when she has not. (dry brush head when I check).
Huffs and puffs as she gets up to head for the bathroom. She has confusion as what to do, and how to do it. It's like teaching your child how to brush. Just had her to the dentist for cleaning/exam. Told them I try at least to have her use ACT mouthwash to rinse at nights. Just have to keep reminding her not to drink it. They said at least that will help a little. Moved up the time intervals for next exam from 6 months to 4, as one way to help her.
I encounter something similar with my mum. I usually suggest to her that we clean the teeth as a team! Have found when she closes her mouth that if I hold her hand that usually she will open up and I can clean the teeth. I use a babys tooth brush and small dot of toothpaste.
Wishing you luck.
I may have found a better solution!
Teepa Snow's toothbrushing dynamic works for some but not for all. Oral surgeons have special toothbrushes that are very, very soft and actually feel good to use for those that the brush is an issue. One can contact an oral surgeon's office to buy some from them. Also, some of our LOs ae more apt to let mouth care be done if a children's flavored toothpaste is used and they are also without harsh chemicals so okay when swallowed.
As for refusiing to open one's mouth, Ruth will have to let us know how the small appliance is doing, and we hope when she responds here, that she still has all fingers intact for typing.
Guess this goes under that old heading, If it isn't one thing . . . .
...As for refusiing to open one's mouth, Ruth will have to let us know how the small appliance is doing, and we hope when she responds here, that she still has all fingers intact for typing.