Adaptations For Toothbrushing

Adaptations For Toothbrushing
Adaptations For Toothbrushing
For someone who gags easily or cannot spit, brush the teeth with a mouthwash that contains fluoride
(check the label for fluoride) instead of toothpaste. First brush without the rinse. Pour a little fluoride
mouthrinse into a cup, dip the toothbrush into it, and brush with the rinse.
Adapt a Toothbrush for a Better Grip:
Attach the brush to the
hand with a wide
elastic band.
For those with limited grasp, enlarge
the brush handle with a sponge,
rubber ball or bicycle-handle grip.
Bending the brush handle
may make it easier to grasp.
The handle will become soft
enough to bend after
running hot water over it.
For those who cannot hold a
regular toothbrush, an electric
toothbrush may allow the person
to brush independently.
Start with the top
teeth. Brush the
outside, inside and
tops of the teeth.
Repeat for the bottom
teeth. Be sure to brush
each tooth.
Place the toothbrush
bristles at the gumline.
Press gently and use
short, back-and-forth
For those who cannot raise their
hand or arm, lengthen the brush
handle with a ruler, tongue
depressor or long wooden spoon.
For those who cannot keep their mouth
open, use a mouth prop (e.g.: three or
four tongue depressors taped together, a
rolled-up moistened washcloth, or a clean
rubber doorstop). Ask your dentist how to
use a mouth prop correctly so you avoid
injuring the mouth.
Tilt the brush behind the
front teeth on both top
and bottom.
To freshen breath, brush
the tongue. The tongue
can harbor many odorcausing bacteria.
For more information call the Oral Health Program at 306-655-4462,
or contact us at
HF 512 (white) 01/14
© 2011, Saskatoon Health Region
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