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How to Brush Effectively as Age or Physical Injury Limits Mobility
Posted on 1/15/2020 by Winning Smile Dental Group
Brushing your teeth effectively can be a challenge even when you are young and healthy. Due to the way the mouth opens, and the arrangement of the teeth, it requires special care and attention to detail in order to properly brush. Of course, as you age and lose mobility (or if you lose mobility due to an injury), the task can become even more daunting.
The good news is that you can still get the job done with a little time and effort. Here are some things to consider if you are struggling with limited mobility.
Limited Mobility Due to Age
As you age, you might find that it is more difficult to grasp a toothbrush properly. In addition, the circular motion necessary for proper brushing could become very challenging for you. The good news is that you can overcome this in a few ways. We strongly recommend that our elderly patients look into a quality electric toothbrush. This will do a few things for you.
First, an electric toothbrush handle will be much fatter and easier to grasp. Second, because the head moves in a circular motion, an electric toothbrush is deal for people who can no longer manipulate a toothbrush properly.
Limited Mobility Due to Injury
If your mobility is limited due to an injury, you will also find an electric toothbrush to be an ideal solution. In addition, depending on the extent and severity of your injury, you might find that just brushing more slowly and deliberately can still suffice to keep your teeth clean.
The key difference between a mobility limitation due to an injury and one due to age is that the former will usually eventually resolve itself. Still, the two conditions can be approached in the same manner in most cases. If you have any questions, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!