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Dental and Oral Health (Seniors)

Edentulous brushing

05/23/2000

Question:

use a toothbrush on edentulous elderly?

Answer:

For edentulous patients, the use of a sponge stick fulfills the job of cleaning and massaging the gums. The tongue still will need to be brushed using a soft toothbrush with a tooth paste. The direction of cleaning the tongue is from the back of the tongue and moving forward.

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Response by:

Abdel Rahim   Mohammad, DDS, MS, MPH, FAAOM, FACD Abdel Rahim Mohammad, DDS, MS, MPH, FAAOM, FACD
Clinical Professor of Geriatrics
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University