Arthritis, especially rheumatoid arthritis, can be a very painful and frustrating adjustment to one’s life. It makes doing the things you love more difficult, and it can also make the everyday tasks nearly impossible to accomplish. When your rheumatoid arthritis starts getting in the way of your health, though, it’s time for you to find a solution that helps you get the job done with less pain.
Those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis have 8 times the risk of developing gum disease. Although scientists aren’t entirely sure why, the health of your mouth and gums is somehow linked to arthritis and other health conditions including stroke, heart attack, and diabetes. Many studies have shown that eliminating gum disease can help reduce the painful symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, so it is essential that brushing and flossing are completed every single day.
If you have arthritis and find it difficult to floss, here are a few suggestions that may help:
*String floss is tougher to use when you have rheumatoid arthritis. Try using flossers with a large grip instead to help you get in between your teeth more easily.
*Use protective mouth rinses when you’ve finished brushing and flossing. This will help destroy any remaining bacteria that may be present in your mouth.
*Refrain from smoking as it greatly increases your risk of gum disease. This can interfere with the healing process if you are trying to treat gum disease.
*Check any medications you may be taking to ensure that they aren’t inhibiting your saliva production. Dry mouth, a common side effect in many medications, can eventually lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and other oral issues.
*Make sure to let us know if you have rheumatoid arthritis. We can help make you more comfortable and give you even more strategies to help you take care of your gums and teeth at home!
Your oral health is nothing to take lightly. Make sure to come in every 6 months for your bi-annual check up and cleaning, and keep brushing and flossing every single day! Request an appointment with us at (618) 288-9670, prop your feet up in our comfortable chairs, and watch your favorite Netflix show while we do all the work for you!