Brushing tips

1:  The first principle that should be observed when brushing another person's teeth is to approach the task from behind the patient. This allows the parent/carer to mimic the action of brushing their own teeth. When you use a Collis Curve toothbrush it begins to do its job as soon as you get it into the mouth. NB - The exception to the rule - if the patient suffers from dysphagia or any kind of throat blockage brushing should be performed from the front.

2:  People with some conditions bite down and chew on the brush making it very difficult to clean their teeth. People of wide experience suggest that you should purchase a cheap but sturdy brush as well as the Collis Curve you intend to use. Insert the cheap brush in one side of the mouth and whilst the patient chews on it use the Collis Curve to clean the other side of the mouth. When you have finished swap them over. If you find that the subsitute brush is not giving you enough room bulk it out by wrapping layers of elastic bands around it until it is wide enough. Sterlise both brushes after use in a Tea Tree solution or other suitable disinfectant. 

3:  Use some plaque disclosing liquid before you start using your Collis Curve brush, either for yourself or a patient. Brush your/their teeth for a week and use the liquid again. Our experience assures us that you will be very pleasantly surprised by the improvement.

4:  Use a hazelnut sized portion of toothpaste put directly on to the brush. Although the Collis Curve will not damage your teeth most toothpaste contains abrasive particles. These are at their most concentrated when you begin. We suggest you start your brushing at a different place in your mouth each day to avoid a build up in one area. After use clean the brush out throughly under clean, cold running water and stand upright in a glass or beaker away from the basin with the bristles uppermost so that they can dry easily.

5:  Because of its unique design the Collis Curve brushes all three surfaces of the teeth simultaneously. It only requires a simple backwards and forwards brushing action to start working effectively. The curved bristles also enter beneath the gumline and with a flicking action work like a line of scaling instruments to remove plaque. Equally important is the stimulation received by the gums which promotes improved circulation and good health. If your brush does not reach the gumline on both sides of your teeth at the same time rock it gently from one side to the other until contact is made.

6:  Sterilise your Collis Curve regularly. We recommend a solution of Tea Tree oil or something similar.  If you take care of your Collis Curve it should last two or three times longer than a regular brush.

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