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European Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 2021 August;5(2):78-82

DOI: 10.23736/S2532-3466.20.00220-9

Copyright © 2020 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

An unusual penetrating injury from a toothbrush in an adult

Arif HOSSAIN 1, Aritra CHATTERJEE 1 , Abira CHATTOPADHYAY 1, Lalita GHOSH 2, Manjeet UKE 3, Debabrata GAYEN 1

1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. R. Ahmed Dental College and Hospital, Kolkata, India; 2 Central Hospital, South Eastern Railway, Kolkata, India; 3 B. R. Singh Hospital, Sealdah, Kolkata, India



The use of toothbrushes has significantly improved oral hygiene care ever since their invention. However proper brushing procedure, if not maintained, may result in severe injury to the oral cavity. Penetrating oropharyngeal trauma from toothbrushes is quite common. This is particularly found in children who tend to become very playful and careless while brushing. Trauma to orofacial region from during tooth brushing is quite rare in adult. The following case is that of an adult male who sustained a penetrating injury to the oral mucosa from a toothbrush. A detailed discussion regarding the types of injuries, treatment outline and possible complications are discussed here.


KEY WORDS: Toothbrushing; Wounds and injuries; Mouth mucosa

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