One of my goals, in creating this section of the site, is to provide a catalog of tools that have helped me achieve independence. My hope is that other people, in similar situations, and occupational therapist with patients like myself, find this information helpful and can put it into practice. Most, if not all, of these tools were items I just happened to stumbled upon; no therapist told me about them. Often a friend or family member saw a problem and knew of a solution. That is what happened with my flosser.
At Craig, I wasn’t able to brush or floss my own teeth. So, either my father or my brother had to do it for me. My aunt found out, and suggested that they use a flosser instead of cramming their hands into my mouth to floss the old-fashioned way.
A “flosser” is basically a stick with a piece of floss suspended at one end. I use a flosser made by Reach. To find your own, look in the oral hygiene aisle of your local drugstore or Google “flosser.”
When I began brushing my own teeth, I continued to use the flosser because it allowed me to floss with only one hand. I still use my flosser today, and I have found my it to be an essential tool in the bathroom.