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Does Oral Health Decline When Arthritis is Diagnosed?


Posted on 3/20/2017 by Janie Bell
A patient suffering from severe arthritis.
Many people are diagnosed with arthritis each year. Often, once a person's body begins to ache from arthritis, their health begins to decline.

This can be a gradual process, or it can be a quick process if the person was not in good health to begin with.

If you are worried about someone with arthritis, know that there are a few ways of being able to keep them from losing their oral health. Here are some things that can help them continue to take care of their oral health properly.

Helping Someone with Arthritis Take Care of Their Mouth

First, get them an electric toothbrush. You want one that has a good, wide handle that will be easy to keep a hold of, even on their bad days. There are a wide variety of options on the market, so look around until you find one that will work for your loved one.

Second, get them a water flosser. When your hands hurt from arthritis, holding them in a small shape to floss can be difficult, if not impossible due to how much pain they are in. Using a water flosser, which often has a wide handle just like the electric toothbrush, allows them to floss without having to contort their hands into uncomfortable positions.

Finally, help them see the dentist a bit more often. When their ability to take care of themselves is compromised, allow the professionals to help a bit more. They can give your loved one a more regular cleaning, and they can help keep an eye out for cavities on a slightly more regular basis.

Drive them to the dentist now and again, and be there to help listen to the recommendations the dentist makes. It could help their mouth stay as healthy as possible.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about arthritis's effects on your oral health.
D. Ian Bell, D.D.S.
Advanced Aesthetic, Restorative & Family Dentistry
Bellevue-Redmond Professional Center

15613 Bel-Red Rd, Suite A
Bellevue, WA 98008-2348
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