Dental Tips for Arthritis Sufferers|Shelby Township Cosmetic Dentist

added on: December 13, 2009

If you are an arthritis sufferer, you are twice as likely to develop periodontal (gum) disease.

Gum disease is the country’s number one cause of tooth loss and has been linked to serious health problems, including coronary artery disease and stroke. The Journal of Periodontology recently published findings stating adults with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) had an average 11.6 loss of teeth compared to 6.7 teeth of other participants in the study.

RA, the leading cause of disability, limits the daily activities of over 7 million Americans.

We are sensitive to the physical limitations RA can cause and hope the following tips will make oral hygiene at home easier.* Water irrigators can remove food particles and plaque between teeth.* Electric toothbrushes and floss holders can reduce the amount of effort required by he hands.* Wrap toothbrush handles with a sponge hair roller to create a more comfortable, thicker grip.* Replace knob-type faucets with levers, which are easier to turn on and off.* Insufficient saliva in the mouth increases the risk of bacterial growth. Drink plenty of water to keep your mouth moist. If you are taking medications that are drying, oral rinses are available to maintain moisture. Minimize caffeine, alcohol, and smoking, all which are drying to oral tissues.With a good oral care commitment, RA sufferers should be able to maintain a healthy smile and prevent tooth loss. If you suffer with arthritis, overcoming physical limitations to protect your smile will result in a constant reminder that you are in charge of your health! Come into our Metro Detroit Dentist Office to learn more about maintaining your dental health.