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24
May
2017

TOOTHBRUSHES


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TOOTHBRUSHES

You’ll find a large selection of toothbrushes available, both manual and electric. It’s a good idea to choose one that:

  • has a small head so it’s easier to move around inside your mouth
  • has soft bristles
  • fits comfortably in your hand

Most important is brushing your teeth properly at least twice a day.

Adapting Toothbrushes for Special Needs
If you have difficulty controlling hand, arm or shoulder movements, here are some ideas on adapting standard toothbrushes:

  • Enlarge the handle with a tennis ball, sponge foam or bicycle grip
  • Lengthen with a stick or rod
  • Attach to the hand or arm with elastic or Velcro straps or hand brace
  • Bend the toothbrush handle
  • For people who cannot manage fine movements, try using an electric toothbrush

Caring For Your Toothbrush

  • Do not share your toothbrush or use someone else’s toothbrush
  • After brushing, rinse your toothbrush thoroughly with tap water and allow to air-dry
  • Store standing upright. If it is near other toothbrushes, do not let the heads touch
  • Do not store in closed containers
  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or when the bristles look worn and bent

Information provided by the Ontario Dental Association

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