Oral Hygiene Tips for Arthritis Patients

Harbor Pointe Dental of Petoskey prioritizes oral health education for its patients. To that end, Harbor Pointe Dental of Petoskey offers online tips on topics ranging from pediatric care to oral hygiene for patients with arthritis.

For many elderly individuals, everyday hygiene tasks like brushing and flossing teeth can become painful to the point of avoidance. For these patients, a few simple adaptations can mean the difference between good oral health and neglect-induced tooth decay. Those who struggle with holding a toothbrush, for example, may find an electric toothbrush easier to manipulate than a manual model.

Those who prefer not to purchase a new toothbrush may be able to place a tennis ball at the end of an ordinary toothbrush, thus adding an easier hand-grip. Others prefer to tie a rubber band around the handle of the toothbrush and loop the band around the brushing hand. This method relieves the brusher of the need to grasp the brush at all. Similarly, those who find it difficult to grasp floss or wrap it around the fingers may find plastic flossers beneficial. Available in a number of sizes, these devices require less manipulation than traditional flossing techniques.


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Located on West Jefferson Street in Petoskey, Michigan, Harbor Pointe Dental of Petoskey has a commitment to outstanding, highly skilled, anxiety-free dentistry. Founded in 2007, the company strives to provide patients with a relaxed, enjoyable dental experience by employing state-of-the-art equipment, the client’s choice of music, video goggles, safe and sterile procedures, and a friendly and professional team dedicated to delivering the highest level of care. Harbor Pointe Dental of Petoskey offers restorative services such as root canal therapy, tooth extractions, cosmetic fillings, scaling and root planing, and crowns and bridges, as well as cosmetic procedures including whitening, contouring, dental implants, and SmartMove tooth alignment. The practice uses digital X-ray machines, which provide patients with clearer images and minimized radiation exposure. The company focuses on patient education and makes sure that all individuals receive treatment that is tailored just for them. Harbor Pointe Dental is operated by David Ellsworth, a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery in April 2003. Dr. Ellsworth understands the importance of giving back, having experienced the benefits of volunteering directly, and he makes community service a priority. Dr. Ellsworth donates his time to Give Kids a Smile Day, the Migrant Dental Program, and the Donated Dental Services program, as well as making special visits to local schools to provide preventive education to students regarding dental health. Dr. Ellsworth is a practitioner of conscious sedation, an anti-anxiety method that provides comfortable, painless, and stress-free care to patients who dislike visiting the dentist or who have had bad experiences previously. He is also a member of DOCS Education (formerly the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation). Pricing and insurance information for Harbor Pointe Dental can be found on the company website, along with driving directions and a number of educational resources. Appointments may be arranged online at any time at HarborPointeDental.com.

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