Toothbrushes: How can I reduce the strain and fatigue on my arms when brushing my teeth?
How can I reduce the strain and fatigue on my arms when brushing my teeth?
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Brushing your teeth is an important daily task to maintain your health but physical limitations can make it a strenuous and daunting task. Before considering purchasing new products, your grandmother could try sitting down and resting her elbow on the sink counter to reduce the strain from standing and holding up her arm. If that is not an option, here are some products your grandma might want to consider to make daily teeth hygiene easier:
- Radius Flex Toothbrush Right-Handed (at well.ca) has an ergonomically designed handle that is available in right or left hand as well as a larger than normal toothbrush head to cover more surface area with less time. The wide massaging head helps reduce chronic bleeding and receding gums. The product costs around $15 to $20 (CDN), plus additional shipping fees.
- Three Bristle Soft Toothbrush by Htaiguo (at Walmart Canada) has three brush heads that effectively cleans your teeth in a short amount of time. Expansion pleats allow bristles to adjust to different tooth widths. The product comes in a pack of eight and costs around $40 (CDN), plus additional shipping fees.
- Adaptive Toothbrush Holder by GF3Designs (at Etsy) enables those with little or no hand function be able to brush their own teeth. The product costs around $50 to $60 (CDN), plus additional shipping fees.
- TUREWELL Water Flosser (at Amazon Canada) is a water pressured teeth flosser with 360° rotating nozzles and up to 1700 times/min water pulsation to help reach deeply into all corners of the mouth. The product comes in a pack of eight and costs around $40 to $60 (CDN), plus additional shipping fees.