A CAREGIVER’S GUIDE TO GOOD ORAL HEALTH FOR PERSONS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
PUBLISHED BY SPECIAL OLYMPICS – SPECIAL SMILES_GOOD_ORAL_HEALTH_GUIDE
ORAL HYGIENE PRODUCTS
Having trouble brushing your teeth or your consumer’s teeth and maintaining good oral hygiene?
Below you will find some special oral hygiene products for consumers and caregivers that may help!
National Oral Health Information Clearinghouse (NOHIC)
1 NOHIC Way
Bethesda, MD 20892 – 3500
301.402.7364 FAX 301.907.8830
American Cleft Palate – Craniofacial Association (ACPA)
104 South Estes Drive, Suite 204
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
American Dental Association (ADA)
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
312.440.2500 FAX 312.440.2800
Dental Education in Care of Persons with Disabilities (DECOD)
University of Washington School of Dentistry
Seattle, WA 98195
Special Care Dentistry (SCD)
211 East Chicago Ave, 5th floor
Chicago, IL 60611
312.440.2660 FAX 312.440.2824
National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped
1800 15th Street, Suite 100
Denver, CO 80202
303.534.5360 FAX 303.534.5290
National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)
Washington, DC 20013-1492
The Grottoes of North America Dentistry for the Handicapped
875 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14605-2789
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60611-2663
Having trouble brushing your teeth or your consumer’s teeth and maintaining good oral hygiene? Here are some special oral hygiene products for consumers and caregivers that may help.
PLAK-VAC PORTABLE SUCTION UNIT AND TOOTH BRUSH Available on amazon.com
SURROUND TOOTHBRUSH – helps to clean both gums and teeth at the same time. Specialized Care Co. 1-800-722-7375 http://www.specializedcare.com
COLLIS-CURVE TOOTHBRUSH – its curved bristles go in between the teeth and under the gums. Collis-Curve 1-800-298-4818 http://www.colliscurve.com
RADIUS TOOTHBRUSH– has a wide head of soft bristles, thumb grip and big handle. 1-800-626-6223
BENEFIT FOR KIDS – three flexible heads allow kids to clean all tooth surfaces in a single brushing stroke. Benedent Corporation 1-800-450-4977 http://www.benedent.com
SUCTION DENTURE BRUSH – for use by persons with limited use of hands or only one hand. North Coast Medical, Inc. 1-800-235-7054 http://www.beabletodo.com
TOOTHETTES – soft foam tips to apply rinses to gums and to remove food from gumline when patient is resistant to a regular toothbrush. North Coast Medical, Inc 1-800-235-7054 http://www.beabletodo.com
ORALGENIE 60 SECOND TIME MACHINE POWER TOOTHBRUSH – all you do is bite down gently on the brush head and glide the brush along every tooth. The bristles will then clean your top and bottom gums in all the right places. Oralgenie USA, Inc. 1-800-933-ORAL (6725) Click Here to View
VARIOUS TYPES OF ELECTRIC/BATTERY OPERATED TOOTH BRUSHES – many brands available. Place brush along the gumline at an angle and let the bristles do the work! Large selection available at your local pharmacy.
RUBBER MOUTH PROPS – with channel for teeth to rest in. Don’t forget to tie dental floss onto mouth prop so if it dislodges you can remove it quickly by pulling on the floss outside the mouth. Comes in latex and non-latex material.
MOLT MOUTH PROP – ratchet type device inserted in between upper and lower teeth – slowly opens jaw more with a scissor motion. Both types available at the following dental supply companies: Sullivan Schein Dental Supply Co. 1.800.372.4346 http://www.henryschein.com/dental/ Benco Dental Supply Co. 1.800.GO.BENCO http://www.benco.com Patterson Dental Supply Co. 1.800.328.5536 http://www.pattersondental.com Darby-Spencer-Mead Dental Supply Co. 1.800.645.2310 http://www.darbydental.com
OPEN WIDE PLUS MOUTH PROP – sturdy, disposable, foam material and dishwasher safe. Helps keep the mouth open when needed. Specialized Care Co. 1-800-722-7375 http://www.specializedcare.com
HOMEMADE MOUTH PROP – several tongue depressors put together with a large amount of tape wrapped around them for bulk. Materials available at your local pharmacy.
WIDE ELASTIC BAND – placed over hand and then toothbrush inserted in between hand and rubber band. Available at your local office supply store.
TENNIS BALL ATTACHED TO THE END OF TOOTHBRUSH – for a more comfortable grip for some patients. Available at your local sports supply store.
THERMO PELLETS – warmed and then shaped for a custom grip around toothbrush. North Coast Medical, Inc. 1-800-235-7054
NORCO UNIVERSAL QUAD CUFF – Velcro strap with insert to hold toothbrush. North Coast Medical, Inc. 1-800-235-7054 http://www.beabletodo.com
CYLINDRICAL FOAM – insert handle of toothbrush into foam cylinder so patient has a more comfortable grip. North Coast Medical, Inc. 1-800-235-7054
BICYCLE HANDLE – to build up handle of toothbrush for a better grip. Available at your local bicycle shop or hardware store.
WOODEN SPOON, TONGUE DEPRESSOR OR RULER – taped to the end of a toothbrush to lengthen the handle. Available at your local office supply store.