My mother has been handicapped since her stroke but in recent months when I try to floss her teeth with floss picks she bites down and it is difficult to get her mouth open long enough to finish. Is there any type of mouth piece that can hold someone's mouth open comfortably without risk of swallowing for when flossing is being done?

Dear James:
I'm sorry to hear of your troubles, but I'm very glad that you are proactive in taking care of your mother.
Yes! There are mouth props for this purpose, and the general purpose of holding a person's mouth open.
You can actually use any hard rubber device such as a "stress ball" to hold the teeth open on one side of the mouth while working on the other and then move it over and repeat.
However, the best thing to do is to talk to your dentist and have him/her see your mother and evaluate the size needed and order you a dental mouth prop.  They are available for the dentist from the dental supply companies and they are not expensive.
In any case, talk to your dentist about it.
If you cannot get headway with your dentist, please call my office and I'll be more than happy to see you and your mother.
Best wishes,


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I can answer any question from simple routine dentistry to very complex dentistry with emphasis on reconstructive, cosmetic, and implant dentistry. My expertise is in co-ordination of very complex treatment plans with other dental specialists or as a one-man-team, since I have extensive training in Prosthodontics, Surgical Implantology, and orthodontics.


Over a decade in private practice of Surgical Implantology and Prosthodontics. Founder and owner of Prosthodontics & Implant Surgery of Manhattan, PC. Clinical Assistant Professor at the Post-Graduate Department of Periodontics & Implant Dentistry at New York University College of Dentistry. Lecture weekly since 1999 on advanced Implant Prosthodontics at New York University College of Dentistry Post-Graduate Program in Periodontics & Implant Dentistry. Former clinical assistant professor of Dental Radiology at the NYU College of Dentistry. Former clinical and lecture faculty at Lincoln Hospital, Dental residency program. Former clinical and lecture faculty at St. Barnabas Hospital (Bronx, NY) dental residency program. Lecture nationally on Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry.

Memeber of the American College of Prosthodontics. Memeber of the Acacdemy of Osseointegration. Member or the Omikron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) Honors Dental Society. Member of the American Dental Education Association.

Graduated with Honors from New York University College of Dentistry. Post-Graduate training and certificate in the specialty of Prosthodontics. Post-Graduate training and ceritificate in Surgical and Prosthetic Implant Dentistry. Honors-program in Comprehensive and Applied Practice Management. Honors-program in Orthodontics.

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NYU Cervice award to the community. OKU honor society. National Dean's List. National Who's Who.

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