c. Procedure for Patient Able to Help Himself. Following is the procedure for
routine mouth care for a bed patient able to help himself.
Place the patient in a comfortable position.
(2) Arrange the equipment within his reach on the bedside cabinet or on an
over bed table.
Remove and clean the equipment promptly when he is finished.
Rinse the toothbrush thoroughly under running water and allow it to air dry--
not place the damp brush in the cabinet.
d. Procedure for a Patient Requiring Assistance. Following is the procedure
for routine mouth care for a bed patient requiring some assistance.
Turn the patient on his side or if on his back, turn his head to the side.
Place a towel under his chin and over the bedding.
Pour the water over the brush; place dentifrice on it.
(4) Give the patient his brush and hold the basin under his chin while he
brushes his teeth (figure 1-12).
Figure 1-12. Assisting patient with mouth care.