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Dental Care As You Age

They say that with age comes wisdom.  Sometimes, though, other things happen as we age; things like arthritis that may make it difficult to care for your teeth.

Arthritis can make it very difficult to brush your teeth on a regular basis.  The risk for cavities decreases as you age, but you can still get them. To help stop cavities and gum disease, you need to floss and brush on a regular basis. If your arthritis has made it difficult for you to brush and floss your teeth, these tips may help you.

First, consider an electric toothbrush.  The handle on the toothbrush is a bit larger, making it easier to grasp, and you will not need to move the brush around quite as much. An added advantage to the electric toothbrush is that it is timed for the best possible amount of time needed for brushing.  If you do not like the feel of an electric toothbrush, or cannot afford one, there are grips you can purchase to place on your toothbrush, making the handle larger, and there are also ball and cones that may slip on the end of the brush to make grasping easier.  No matter what type of toothbrush you use, make sure you always use soft bristles as this helps prevent gum disease and is more comfortable. Make sure you replace your toothbrush or electric toothbrush heads every three to four months.

If grasping the dental floss, and moving it through your teeth is harder because of your arthritis, consider a floss holder.  These floss holders allow you to place a spool of floss on a handle, and with one hand you can floss between each tooth.

The final step you can take as you age is to continue scheduling regular appointments with your dentist for dental cleanings and checkups. With a little care, your teeth will last a lifetime.

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