Larger Handled Toothbrushes Can Make Brushing with Arthritis Easier
Posted on 10/15/2019 by Dr. Leo Townsend, DDS
Arthritis is a blanket term for joint inflammation, affecting nearly 350 million people worldwide. The condition commonly affects the finger joints, causing pain in daily activities. Gripping small objects can become very difficult in those with arthritis, and some may lose the will to perform daily tasks.
Often, people with arthritis have trouble tending to their personal hygiene, including oral hygiene. Grasping the thin handle of a toothbrush can lead to increased inflammation, pain, spasms, and cramping in the hands. Thankfully, there are modifications that can be made to help arthritis sufferers maintain their oral health.
Which Toothbrush Should I Use If I Have Arthritis?
Toothbrushes with small handles take a stronger grip, as they are wont to fall from hands that cannot grip tightly. Large handled toothbrushes are far more forgiving when it comes to grip strength. Most manual toothbrushes tend to have small handles, though there are certainly some on the market that are made specifically for people with arthritis. It is best to make an appointment with us to discuss your options for manual toothbrushes.
Electric toothbrushes are recommended by our office for everyone, but can be especially helpful for patients with arthritis. They have thick handles to accommodate their batteries, and are much easier to hold. Additionally, they do more work for you; as they are electric, the head of the toothbrush rotates and cleans much faster and more efficiently than that of a manual toothbrush. Less energy is demanded from the user, making it easier to brush effectively.
There are even ways to make a custom grip for your toothbrush, using impressions of your hand, in our office. If you suffer from arthritis, speak to our dentists about a personalized grip for your toothbrush at your next appointment.
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