Oral Care with Arthritis

Arthritis and other conditions that limit the movement of the hands can really make things in life that used to be simple, difficult. While this may be true, oral care is still vital to a healthy mouth and overall health. It is for this reason that Dr. Kevin S. Midkiff, DDS wants to share some tips for good oral care with arthritis. In our Lynchburg, VA family dentistry, we know there are all kinds of patients with all kinds of needs.

Brushing your teeth can be difficult with stiff and painful hands. Make it easier on yourself by purchasing a toothbrush with a non-slip grip and a thick handle. This will make it a bit easier to maneuver the toothbrush around your mouth. Also be sure to choose a toothbrush with a small head. Electric toothbrushes are even better for patients with hand-trouble, as they do most of the work.

Next, you want to be sure you are still flossing. Floss picks are available that do not involve holding on to thin string. However, if you prefer classic dental floss, make sure you are using a piece about eighteen inches long. Wrap the excess around your fingers and hands to make the floss nice and taught. Rotate the floss as you go.

One thing that many may not think about is the toothpaste cap. It can be hard to unscrew it with stiff hands, especially when it gets all sticky from toothpaste. Instead, look for a toothpaste that has a flip cap. These are much easier to open and close.

Arthritis and other hand conditions can make oral care tough, but luckily there are a few tips for making it easier. To learn more about dental care, contact Dr. Kevin S Midkiff’s office here in Lynchburg, VA. Our office can be reached at (434) 239-8133 or through our website, www.kevinmidkiffdds.com.