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Old 24-06-13, 01:18 PM   #1
jonsalie
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Default You might find this helpful, Dry mouth/Teeth cleaning

Medication that has helped.

Sally is having problems with a dry mouth, she is on meds that help dry up secretions and saliva to stop her choking.
Also had a problem trying to keep her teeth clean because she can not open her mouth easily, or keep it open for very long. Her mouth can build up nasties because she is only fed via PEG. So cleaning is very important.

This is what I have found to be very good. 1st I found a toothbrush that has three sides http://www.dentocare.co.uk/Specialist/Special-Needs_2. I ordered the Compact and Regular to see which was best.

Now for the dry mouth. This site do a toothpaste for dry mouths, I ordered the BIOXTRA.

I found the regular toothbrush is better, it has more bristles and gets to the back of the teeth better. Only a small amount of paste is needed, it does not froth up so does not cause choking.

I spoke with our Dr and found the toothpaste is avaliable on script, the same company BIOXTRA also do a mouth moisturising gel that you put on the gums and tongue when going to bed, it helps keep the mouth moist; this is also avaliable on script. Sally already has Glandosane synthetic saliva spray which also helps keep her mouth moist.

There has been a great improvement in how Sally's teeth look, she does not choke so much when they are being cleaned. Our carers say the toothbrush is easy to use and does a good job. I will let you know how the Gel does.
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