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9b Special Topics in Oral Health - Dementia Care 07.pdf - GiiC

9b Special Topics in Oral Health - Dementia Care 07.pdf - GiiC

Why You Should Not Use

Why You Should Not Use Toothpaste • Foaming action increases the saliva flow, decreases visibility for the caregiver and increases the number of times an individual may want to spit • If person has a swallowing problems they can choke on the paste • The strong taste of some pastes does not appeal to older adults e.g. individuals with advanced dementia NOTE: Toothpaste should only be used when an individual can demonstrate they can spit and swallow properly 6

Toothbrush Type Note: • the size of the handle • the length of the handle • the size of the brush head 7

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