Dear Izzy is an anonymous advice column that offers solutions to everyday challenges for people with vision loss.
I am having difficulties putting toothpaste on my toothbrush. It often ends up on my shirt or all over the counter and sink. I have discoloured several new shirts due to the bleach in the product. My wife gets very upset when I leave a mess in the bathroom. Please help.
Dental Dilemma in Duncan
Dear Dental Dilemma in Duncan,
There are several solutions to your problem depending on the degree of your vision loss. If you have some functional vision, you could purchase contrasting coloured toothpaste (e.g. red toothpaste on white toothbrush bristles). Another solution is to avoid the application of the toothpaste to the brush altogether by applying the toothpaste to your finger tip and then putting it into your mouth. Or, you can squeeze the toothpaste directly into your mouth. After all, that is where it needs to go!
If you don't want to share the tube of toothpaste with your wife, simply place an elastic band around your tube. Your toothbrush can be identified in the same way by using an elastic band or purchasing a toothbrush in a colour that you can easily identify. Another suggestion is to keep your toothbrush and toothpaste in a different location. If you are interested in learning additional personal care tips, contact your local CNIB office. Good luck!
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