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Where to Sit or Stand When Helping Someone Brush

Illustration of a caregiver sitting behind a young man in a wheelchair brushing the young man's teeth

Title:
Where to Sit When Helping Someone Brush
(part of NIDCR’s Oral Care for People with Developmental Disabilities Series)

Description:
Keeping people safe when you clean their mouth is important. Experts in providing dental care for people with developmental disabilities recommend the following positions for caregivers. If you work in a group home or related facility, get permission from your supervisor before trying any of these positions.

If the person you're helping is in a wheelchair, sit behind it. Lock the wheels, then tilt the chair into your lap.

Credit:
NIDCR publication: Dental Care Every Day: A Caregiver’s Guide

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Illustration of a caregiver standing behind a young man in a wheelchair brushing the young man's teeth

Title:
Where to Stand When Helping Someone Brush
(part of NIDCR’s Oral Care for People with Developmental Disabilities Series)

Description:
Keeping people safe when you clean their mouth is important. Experts in providing dental care for people with developmental disabilities recommend the following positions for caregivers. If you work in a group home or related facility, get permission from your supervisor before trying any of these positions.

Stand behind the person or lean against a wall for additional support. Use your arm to hold the person's head gently against your body.

Credit:
NIDCR publication: Dental Care Every Day: A Caregiver’s Guide

Download:
Low-Resolution Image of Caregiver Standing Behind Person and Brushing Their Teeth
High-Resolution Image of Caregiver Standing Behind Person and Brushing Their Teeth

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This page last updated: February 26, 2014