Arthritis can be a painful condition that comes with aging. Those who have rheumatoid arthritis may have an even harder time staying on top of their oral hygiene routine due to inflammation in the joints and knuckles. Simple movements such as holding a toothbrush and floss may make it difficult to clean teeth and gums in various areas of the mouth. Here are a few tips on brushing and flossing with arthritis:
Try using an electric toothbrush. Most have a larger handle that is easier to grip than traditional toothbrushes. Electric toothbrushes also minimize the movements you need to make since the spinning brush does most of the work.
Have a seat while brushing your teeth and rest your elbow on the counter or a table for support. Flossing can present difficulties for those with joint pain or dexterity issues. A handheld flosser, such as the small, disposable interdental flossers or water flossers, can help clean those hard-to -reach areas.
Lastly, talk to your dentist about options that will best suit your needs. See a dentist regularly, brush twice a day and floss daily to help you live well and smile more!