Ways to Make Brushing Your Teeth Easier When You Suffer from Arthritis

 In Dental Talk - Chehalis Dental Care Blog

Arthritis sufferers have difficulty performing the most basic day-to-day tasks. Cooking, cleaning, writing, and even bathing can be difficult, but one of the most impossible tasks to complete is brushing your teeth.

The pain in your hands can be so bad that it makes it impossible to properly hold your toothbrush or even maneuver your hand so you can clean to those hard-to-reach places in your mouth. Luckily, there are a number of things you can do that will make brushing your teeth easier if you suffer from arthritis.

Make Modifications to Your Toothbrush

Making simple modifications to your handheld toothbrush could make it easier for you to brush your teeth when you have arthritis. The modifications are intended to give you extra leverage that will help you get a firmer, tighter grip on your toothbrush.

When making modifications to your toothbrush, you will want to try to make the handle longer and sturdier.  There is no set way to make a modification to your toothbrush to make it easier to hold. Some people take the rubber portion off of a bike handlebar and place it on their toothbrush, others use a firm rubber ball. There are even some helpful tools available from online retailers or your local drug store that are specifically designed to make your toothbrush easier to hold.

Make the Switch to an Electronic Toothbrush

Electronic power toothbrushes can help people with arthritis brush their teeth. First, the handles are often longer and sturdier than a handheld toothbrush. This makes it easier for arthritis sufferers to hold and grip the toothbrush when brushing.

Another way an electronic toothbrush helps is by generating the power needed to clean those hard-to-reach places. Due to the pain in their hands, arthritis sufferers often have difficulty cleaning the teeth in the back of their mouth. An electronic toothbrush is designed to reach those places without requiring you to have to move your hands around into positions that may be painful.

Even if you do all these things, you may still miss some spots in your mouth. This is why it is so important that you schedule regular checkups with your dentist. Contact Chehalis Dental Care, located in Chehalis, Washington, to schedule an appointment with our friendly staff who are committed to helping you maintain and improve your oral health.

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