Brushing teeth

Though it is hard for sighted people to appreciate, brushing teeth can be a real challenge for people who have low vision. There are a number of possible solutions. One approach is to place a finger next to the toothbrush bristles. The finger serves as a tactile guide to help locate the bristles. Another method is to hold the toothbrush over a contrasting surface. A dark towel below the toothbrush will help the toothbrush really stand out. There is a final and foolproof method. Ultimately, the toothpaste goes into the patient's mouth. Why not make it really easy and simply squirt a little toothpaste directly into the mouth and then brush away? After all isn’t that where the toothpaste is ultimately going? Granted that approach may seem a little distasteful for some patients but most of our patients love it. They know that it works 100% of the time.