hi there and welcome to our career training series I'm Alex a team member here at Mycenae jobs in today's caregiver training video I'm going to share a few best practices to help your patients and clients maintain healthy gums and teeth we're going to talk about dental hygiene proper care of the mouth and teeth can help prevent things like eating difficulties digestive problems and extensive dental procedures down the road however brushing can sometimes be challenging with seniors and can be a tough part of a caregiver or CNA job sometimes your clients just don't want to do it sometimes they don't remember the importance of doing it and sometimes it just hurts so here's what you can do to help tip one provide simple instructions instead of saying hey go brush your teeth help walk your patient through the process say things like hold your toothbrush now let's add the toothpaste and then let's start with your bottom teeth often times breaking up the process will be easier and result in a job well done the more your client can do themselves the better it's tough to lose your independence so your job is to help your client keep it tip to show your clients if you have a client that isn't doing a great job try showing them how you do it if that doesn't work you can always assist your client however it's best to encourage your client to do as much as they can on their own tip 3 brush frequently best practice is to brush teeth or dentures after each meal gums tongue and roof of the mouth should be very gently brushed once a day tip 4 monitor changes part of any caregiver job is monitoring for health changes and documenting any changes you see after each brush check the seniors teeth and gums to check for bleeding or any unusual bumps if you see something change it's important to document it if you're working for a home care agency oftentimes the agency will have forms for you to complete at the start and end of each shift tip 5 visit the dentist ensure your client gets to the dentist at least every six months and more frequently if advised by their dentist it's important not to miss an appointment as dentists play a critical role in overall good senior health well that's it folks best of luck and I hope this video was helpful if you liked what you saw here and you'd like to access more cure giver training or you're looking for a caregiver or CNA job you can find free resources at Mycenae jobs calm

Methew Wade

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