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Limited Dexterity

Limited Dexterity

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Products recommended to assist people with disabilities

Helps those with reduced manual dexterity by providing a stable grip
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Good quality, value brush with tapered brush head
Extra Soft, Soft, Medium
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Angled, changeable brush with a slim, pointed tuft for hard to reach areas
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Extremely gentle for brushing after oral surgery or delicate oral tissue
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Longer handle allows for easier posterior and anterior interdental cleaning
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Gently removes bacteria to prevent bad breath
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People with disabilities are less likely to visit a dentist

Many Canadians suffer from some type of limiting condition. People who are homebound and have health challenges are less likely to visit their dentist. Poor oral health can further complicate the lives of people with special needs. In addition to gum disease, there is evidence that bacteria in the mouth which are associated with gum disease may also be linked to heart disease, artery blockages and stroke.

TePe is committed to helping those with special needs achieve and maintain good oral health.

Caregiver Information

  • Education of family members or other caregivers is important. Discuss treatment and maintenance with medical and dental health providers
  • Be consistent and establish a routine for your patient’s oral hygiene program
  • Incorporate oral hygiene procedures into daily rehabilitation and therapy programs
  • Involve patients in performing their own oral hygiene as much as possible

Good Oral Hygiene is Critical

A quality toothbrush is essential for cleaning teeth and gums effectively. If the toothbrush is too hard and you do not use the correct technique, the gums can be damaged.

Brush your child’s teeth twice a day using a TePe Zoo toothbrush. This brush has a small brush head and soft bristles. The handle fits perfectly into a child’s hand as well as the adult helping the child to brush.

Apply small amount of toothpaste – the size of a child’s little fingernail – to the toothbrush. Brush the inside, outside and biting surfaces of the teeth. Always brush in the same order, to make sure no tooth surface is forgotten.

Hold the toothbrush at a 45° angle so that the filaments reach the gum line. Brush with light pressure using small movements.

Once a day, help clean between your child’s teeth using a TePe Mini Flosser. It’s a pre loaded floss holder. This step should always be done with the assistance of an adult.

Use the TePe Compact Tuft to clean erupting molars. The angled neck and rounded brush head makes it easy to reach erupting molars which are irregular and sensitive to cavities.