Shawn, a C5-6 quadriplegic, has an easy set up for his oral care. While he doesn’t leave his toothpaste, toothbrush, and mouthwash in the bathroom, he still places them together on a counter outside his bathroom for convenience.
For his toothpaste, Shawn opts for a Mentadent toothpaste due to its shape. The toothpaste comes in a large container, and Shawn says that it’s “easy to handle and squeeze.” He holds the container horizontally between his hands. When he pushes the top, toothpaste easily comes out.
Next, he applies the toothpaste onto his electric toothbrush. Shawn shares that electric toothbrushes work best for him and other quadriplegics because they are easier to use if you have limited hand and finger mobility. “You don’t have to worry about scrubbing too hard. The brush does most of the scrubbing. You just position it in the right places,” he says.
After brushing his teeth, Shawn moves on to mouthwash. He has adapted his mouthwash so that it is easier to pour the liquid into his mouth. What he has done is to transfer regular Listerine into a bottle that has a sport cap on it “so that it’d be nice and easy to pop it open like a normal bottle of water.” He also notes that he changes the bottle every time his mouthwash finishes to prevent the sport cap from wearing out.
All in all, convenience and ease are the key qualities of Shawn’s oral hygiene routine.
Watch Shawn’s video to see how he completes his oral care routine.
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