Mouth•Mate is a home-care instrument for patients who have undergone many different types of dental surgical procedures. The shaft resembles a toothbrush, and, in fact, is used in conjunction with a toothbrush. Patients recovering from procedures ranging from implant placements to grafts will either avoid the treated area during due to pain, or will risk negatively influencing the intent of the surgery.
The Mouth Mate shaft is tipped with four different shapes to help the patient protect an area while brushing. Although the patient is using both hands to both brush and protect an area with Mouth Mate, the patient does not need to be ambidextrous. The Mouth•Mate is simply held over the sensitive area during home-based care.
A U-shaped tip was developed for implants, bone grafts, and extractions. An oval tip protects the treated area after soft tissue graft, crown lengthenings, and biopsies. A circular tip was designed for protecting areas after wisdom tooth extractions, apicoectomies, and frenectomies.
While hygienists can work closely with orthodontists, oral surgeons, and dentists in recommending Mouth•Mate for post-op home care routines, Mouth•Mate also can help oral care compliance during the appearance of canker sores, orthodontic sores, and other oral lesions.
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