The following resources are intended to help caregivers and the dental team adapt their daily skills when providing routine oral health care for persons with mobility impairments is not always possible.

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Oral Health Care Resources for Caregivers

Organization: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Product type/format: Downloadable PDF
Information about: Some patients who use wheelchairs can transfer themselves into the dental chair, but others need assistance. The extent of your involvement will depend on the patient’s or caregiver’s ability to help. Most people can be transferred safely from wheelchair to dental chair and back by using the two-person method. This guide describes a safe transfer with a minimum of apprehension for the patient and clinician.

Organization: University of Manitoba, Health Promotion Unit
Product type/format: Downloadable PDFs and Videos
Information about: A range of mouth care factsheets and video clips for caregivers of dependent individuals, including long-term care residents, including toothbrushing techniques in the wheelchair.

Oral Health Care Resources for Dentists and the Dental Team

Organization: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Product type/format: Downloadable PDF
Information about: Some patients who use wheelchairs can transfer themselves into the dental chair, but others need assistance. The extent of your involvement will depend on the patient’s or caregiver’s ability to help. Most people can be transferred safely from wheelchair to dental chair and back by using the two-person method. This guide describes a safe transfer with a minimum of apprehension for the patient and clinician.