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Just like everyone else, people with disabilities need to have good oral health. But many of them cannot care for their teeth on their own. If you are struggling to smooth out the kinks of dental care for your client or loved one, Steelcroft Dental is delighted to give you some tips.

If your client is in a wheelchair or the bathroom is just too small for the two of you, try the kitchen or dining room instead. It helps to have good lighting too. Instead of a sink, consider seating the individual at a table in a reclined position. Place the toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and a bowl and a glass of water within easy reach.

Having someone brush their teeth may be scary for some people at first. You can set them at ease by using the “tell-show-do” approach. Before you actually brush or floss their teeth, tell them what you’ll do, show them, and then do it. After that, be consistent; use the same technique at the same time and place every day. Eventually the individual will adjust.

When you take a disabled person to the dentist for the first time, it’s important to know their dental and medical history. There are some records that Steelcroft Dental will keep. It helps to write down few things about each appointment so you can tell a dentist about it if needed in future. After all, you probably have a great deal to remember already. Remember to bring information about insurance, billing and legal information. It’s also very helpful to be on time.

Are you ready for a dental appointment? Just call Dr. Vinutha Kupperi and our expert dental team in Charlotte, North Carolina at 704-749-6300. We’re here to help!