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Toothbrush Adaptations

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Toothbrush Adaptations
(part of NIDCR’s Oral Care for People with Developmental Disabilities Series)

Description:
If the person you care for can brush but needs some help, you may wish to try making the toothbrush easier to hold.

Credit:
NIDCR publication: Dental Care Everyday: A Caregiver’s Guide


Velcro Strap Holding a Toothbrush

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Velcro Strap Holding a Toothbrush

Description:
The same kind of Velcro strap used to hold food utensils is helpful for some people.

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Toothbrush Attached to Hand by Elastic or Rubber Band

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Toothbrush Attached to Hand by Elastic or Rubber Band

Description:
Attach the brush to the hand with a wide elastic or rubber band. Make sure the band isn’t too tight.

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Tennis ball on the Handle of a Toothbrush

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Tennis ball on the Handle of a Toothbrush

Description:
You can also cut a small slit in the side of a tennis ball and slide it onto the handle of the toothbrush.

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Toothbrush with a Bicycle Grip as a Handle

Title:
Toothbrush with a Bicycle Grip as a Handle

Description:
You can buy a toothbrush with a large handle, or you can slide a bicycle grip onto the handle. Attaching foam tubing, available from home health care catalogs, is also helpful.

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Illustration of a power toothbrush

Title:
Power Toothbrush

Description:
A power toothbrush might make brushing easier

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This page last updated: February 26, 2014