Gadgets For Independence Series: Cutting By Wendy Crawford & Robyn Keller

At a recent dental checkup, my dentist examined my teeth and then proceeded to talk to me about my “Grinding teeth at night Issue” and that I needed to be fitted for a special retainer. He explained to me that it would prevent me from wearing my teeth down any further while I was sleeping. He asked his assistant to go over the pricing with me and begin to take molds of my teeth.

Once I heard the price, I put on the brakes. I was racking my brain while he was talking and wondering if I really grind my teeth at night. I don't recall ever doing it nor anyone mentioning it to me before. Then suddenly it struck me! I use my teeth on a daily basis as an opening device ( since I have limited function of my hands). I rip open envelopes, lids, you name it! When I mentioned it to the dentist, he showed me, with a mirror, how some of my teeth had flattened. He explained that these seemingly harmless actions, repeated many times a day over many years, takes a toll on your teeth and wears them down.

In one way, I was relieved that we found the cause and I didn't have to pay the exorbitant price for the retainer but then I realized I had an even bigger problem - how was I going to do these things independently?

So I went to one of my best resources, another mobileWOMAN (and our Outreach Coordinator), Robyn Keller whom also has limited hand function and asked how she managed. She explained that she uses specific scissors to cut various items. We weren't certain that they would work for me, as she has slightly more function than me. We wanted to find other options just in case so then went where everyone goes for answers, “The All-Knowing Google”.

We would like to share some of the products that we found, below. I have to admit, I haven’t  tried all of them yet and just want to be clear that we do not receive any reimbursement for promotion.

To read about the Gadgets that Wendy and Robyn found for cutting please go to:

Please share any of the gadgets you have found that work for you!!
Posted by Sparky on Aug 9, 2017 4:07 PM America/New_York