Keeping the Mouth Open
A huge difficulty you might be facing when trying to brush your loved ones teeth is that he or she might have a difficult time keeping their mouths open long enough for you to brush.
Great news! There are products that you can buy or make yourselves that will help keep your clients mouth open safely.
There are two types of mouth props you can buy from amazon or a medical supply company. These have a rubbery surface that is safe and comfortable for the individual to bite on.
- Nifty Medical Supplies mouth prop
- Nifty Medical Supplies Molt Mouth Gag– this mouth prop is adjustable for different mouth sizes
A very easy option is to make your own device that will help keep your loved one’s mouth open with common household items. They are very easy and inexpensive to make and can effectively solve your problems.
Here are some ideas:
- Use a rubber door stopper and wash it using a dishwasher
- Tape together 3-4 popsicle sticks
- Roll a moistened cloth
Check out this video for more tips and tricks on keeping your loved ones mouth open:
All of these options give your loved one something safe to bite on while you are now able to access his or her teeth to brush.