Call for dentists to aid in this "open access" project
Anyone interested in helping with the development of a new way for the elderly/handicapped to brush ? We are also looking to develope an antimicrobial 'overnight" solution that utilizes a plaque attractive dye carrier ( such as erythrosine ) and an antimicrobial ( such as chlorhexidine ) to allow patients who cannot brush well to have deep plaque penetrating and long lasting ( overnight ) antimicrobial effect on biofilm/plaque that is left on teeth.
What is pictured here is the development of an appliance that allows patients with limited manual dexterity/demetia to brush their teeth by SIMPLY INSERTING THIS "LOLLIPOP" DEVICE AND OPENING AND CLOSING THEIR TEETH. The mechanical plaque debridement is created by this motion and NOT BY HAND MOVEMENT. Paul, ( picture from today ) as you see him here has agreed to allow us to use him as case study for representation of what our elderly with dementia have to endure from a dental standpoint. Paul the engineer invented the bevel on the Monoject syringe, the battery on the Polaroid camera as well as many other inventions/patents. These days, Paul cannot see well enough to brush his teeth or hold a toothbrush.
Wanna help, please let me know.
Nick Albanese DMD