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.