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Why does senior oral care matters

Why Does Senior Oral Care Matter?

As adults age and develop cognitive issues, one of the first living skills they abandon is daily preventive oral care. As health issues related to inadequate oral care are well documented this expanding risk is being recognized as a potential crisis for seniors.

 

The percentage of older adults with their own teeth will only increase along with the potential for increased health issues including dry mouth, one of the biggest contributors to decay, periodontal disease that has been linked to heart health, and untreated decay leading to aspirational pneumonia.

 

Since dental health and whole body health are directly connected, regular preventive care and professional cleanings are vital to our seniors’ health.

 

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The History of Assisted Oral Care and the GripEazy ™ Toothbrush Aids

With this being the first generation of seniors with their own teeth, oral care and overall health issues have become critical upon the introduction of cognitive issues at home and in facilities. This line of products is designed to:

 

  • Improve independence
  • Assist patients with preventive care
  • Introduce products that assist with senior’s specific needs

Assisting Patients with Preventive Care - Regain your Oral Care Independence today!

As we age dexterity and mobility limitations become evident. What used to be easy, grasping your toothbrush and brushing your teeth, has now become a challenge.

 

In the past dental professionals and seniors have developed their own tools to help them grip their toothbrush from cutting a tennis ball to wrapping toothbrush handles with cloth and tape. Those DIY fixes couldn’t be cleaned properly, making a sturdy, cleanable tool necessary…Introducing the GripEazy Toothbrush Aids.

GripEazy Toothbrush Aids

The GripEazy Toothbrush Aids were developed to assist those struggling with hand dexterity and arm mobility limitations. Designed with sturdy, lightweight foam, they fit a standard toothbrush handle, expanding the grip and/or extending the reach and range of motion.

GripEazy Expand - ORA20111

GripEazy Expand
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$24.95

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Description:

 

- Handle designed to assist individuals with hand dexterity limitations from, but not limited to Arthritis, Gout, Cerebral Palsy, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, Spina Bifida, and more

- Expands size of toothbrush handle for enhanced grip – can be used with denture brush too

- Makes brushing easier for those with dexterity issues

- Lightweight, sturdy foam that is easy to clean

GripEazy Extend - ORA20110

GripEazy Extend
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$24.95

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Description:

 

- Handle designed to assist individuals with arm mobility & range of motion limitations from, but not limited to Arthritis, Stroke, Tendinitis, Tennis Elbow, and Muscular Dystrophy

- Extends reach of brush for those with range of motion limitations

- Built-up handle makes brushing easier for those with mobility issues

- Lightweight, sturdy foam that is easy to clean

- Can be used as a tool to assist others with oral care

Testimonials

Carol Rozel, RDH, BSDH
–Carol Rozel, RDH, BSDH


"When I handed her the new OraBrite® expander on the toothbrush, it was the first time she could hold her toothbrush with all 5 fingers. The OraBrite Toothbrush expanders and extenders are not for everyone, but for those that need help, it means everything. It means independence."

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Judy Bendit, RDH, BS
–Judy Bendit, RDH, BS


"Everyone knows that they can cut a tennis ball, but this product helps us give our patients a 'real solution’”

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Amy Ericks, RDH, Mobile Hygienist, Senior Living Facilities
–Amy Ericks, RDH, Mobile Hygienist, Senior Living Facilities

“Any type of tool that can help them brush themselves is beneficial. It encourages independence for the resident as well as allows for the staff to more comfortably deliver daily oral care”

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Kimberly Schneider, MS, RDH, Dental Hygiene Educator
–Kimberly Schneider, MS, RDH, Dental Hygiene Educator

"I am excited to share these tools with my students so they have them as they begin their clinical rotations, and eventually when they go into practice. Having knowledge of products like this will allow students to be more effective in practice."

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Oral Care Tips for Seniors

Brush your teeth
Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and clean in-between your teeth at least once daily. Replace your toothbrush every three months or when visibly defective.
Schedule regular dental exams
Schedule regular dental exams & an oral cancer screening yearly. Don’t ignore mouth pain or discomfort. Talk to your dentist about it.
Tell your dentist
Tell your dentist which medications you are taking- prescribed or over the counter.
Avoid sugary snacks
Avoid sugary snacks; Increase use of fluoride and calcium consumption.
Oral Care Tips for Seniors

FAQs for Senior Dental

Can medications affect my dental health?

Arthritis makes it difficult to care for my teeth. What can I do to keep up with my oral health?

How often should I be going to the Dentist?

What happens if I don’t take care of dental decay?

I provide in-home care to seniors. How can I help them with oral health?

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