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Oral Care & Hygiene Advice

Everyone benefits from good oral care but for many it can be challenging! 

Some find tooth brushing uncomfortable and upsetting – especially if they have additional needs, autism or a sensory processing disorder. They might not understand why tooth brushing is importantOr it may be hard for them to tolerate having a toothbrush in their mouth, making oral care stressful for families and carers.

It’s important to remember that discomfort and an unwillingness to have their teeth brushed may be sign of a dental problem or other medical issue. If you suspect this may be the case, then please seek professional advice.

Generally, it is a good idea to brush the teeth gently, avoiding vigorous brushing which may push the toothbrush too far back into the mouth and cause gagging. Soft bristle brushes are also preferable in many cases. For some the vibrating effect of an electric toothbrush can be soothing, although they will not suit everyone due to the noise. If someone has a weaker grip they may find it hard to grasp a toothbrush. You might want to consider a tubular foam grip pushed on to the brush handle to help. Increasing the width of the handle makes it easier and more comfortable for the person to hold, allowing them to brush their own teeth.

Your dentist, health professional or occupational therapist should be able to advise you on the best solutions for you. We stock a number of oral care products which can help make tooth brushing easier.

Electric toothbrushes
For some the vibrating effect of an electric toothbrush can be soothing, although they will not suit everyone due to the noise.

Grips for toothbrushes
If someone has a weaker grip they may find it hard to grasp the toothbrush. A tubular foam grip pushed on to the brush handle would help. Increasing the width of the handle makes it easier and more comfortable for the person to hold, allowing them to brush their own teeth.

Activities to help with brushing
For those with sensory issues, there are activities that can be used to help desensitise the mouth before brushing teeth, including sucking through a straw or blowing bubbles. Brushing teeth to a favourite tune, using a timer or having a countdown system may also help to develop a routine.

Potential dental problems
Discomfort and an unwillingness to have their teeth brushed may be sign of a dental problem or other medical issue. If you suspect this may be the case, then please seek professional advice.

Unflavoured Toothpaste

Many children and adults may find the strong taste of toothpastes unpleasant. The foaming action of many toothpaste brands can also cause gagging and discomfort, leading to spitting. An unflavoured toothpaste, which does not foam up can help solve some of these issues and make tooth brushing a better experience for both child and carer.

We also recommend reducing the fluoride formula for children prone to swallowing toothpaste.

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Finger Toothbrushes and Gum Massager

Rubber finger brushes are used to massage the gums and brush the teeth, gently removing plaque while allowing the child to get used to the idea of having their teeth brushed. These are ideal for babies and young infants as well as those who need help in brushing their teeth.




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Curved Toothbrush

This type of brush has curved bristles which arch over the head of the toothbrush. The bristles part in the middle when the brush is used, allowing both sides of the teeth to be cleaned. The short bristles at the base of the head brush the top of the tooth at the same time. Thus, both sides and the top of the teeth are cleaned simultaneously meaning fewer strokes are needed to clean the teeth.

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Multi-Angled Toothbrush

Available in toddler, children and adult sizes. These brushes have two heads which set at an angle, so that both sides of the teeth can be brushed at the same time. With fewer strokes, both sides of teeth can be cleaned effectively. 



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