I work as a clerical assistant in a pediatric dental office, and I am commonly surprised by the number of children who are scared of the dentist. Many kids think that cleanings will be painful, and they believe they will be scolded for eating sugary foods. Children are also extremely frightful of the noises made by the water spraying tools and the suction devices. As adults, we know that dental cleanings are easy and free of pain. We need to impart this knowledge to our children so they know not to fear the dentist. I have provided blogs that will help you speak with your child about dental care. Good communication, trips to your own dentist, and online videos can assist you. So will good brushing techniques that will make your child proud to see the dentist. Enjoy my articles so you can help your child build oral care confidence.
If you have rheumatoid arthritis, chances are the last thing on your mind is what condition your gums are in. However, it might surprise you to learn that there's a connection between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Read on to learn more about this condition and to discover what you can do to improve your oral health.
The Link Between the Two
If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you actually have a higher likelihood of developing severe gum disease. Studies have found that people with rheumatoid arthritis are eight times more likely to develop gum disease than their arthritis-free counterparts. To make matters worse, if your rheumatoid arthritis affects the joints in your hands, wrists, or jaw, it can be painful and difficult to care for your oral health, which further increases your likelihood of developing this problem.
The Risk of Inflammation in the Body
In addition to increasing your risk of developing gum disease, your body can also suffer from the added inflammation of your gums. Rheumatoid arthritis causes inflammation in the joints, and the inflammation found in gum disease can potentially spread throughout the body. Excessive inflammation has been linked to problems like heart disease and strokes and even dementia. If you already have rheumatoid arthritis, it's important to keep other forms of inflammation in the body to as much of a minimum as possible.
Easy Ways To Improve Gum Health
If you have rheumatoid arthritis, it's important to see your dentist regularly to keep an eye on your oral health. At home, you can take steps to keep your gums healthy by simply flossing, brushing, and rinsing with mouthwash. If you have difficulty brushing due to jaw inflammation or pain in your hands, using a child's toothbrush may help. Children's toothbrushes have smaller brushes, which will make it easier to fit in your mouth, and larger handles, which will make it easier to grip.
If flossing is hard, a water flosser may be beneficial to you. All you need to do to use a water flosser is to point and spray at your teeth and gums, rather than trying to maneuver floss between your teeth. Water flossers have also been shown to be helpful in reversing gum disease, so they're a great choice for RA sufferers.
Rheumatoid arthritis causes pain, stiffness, and carries a host of additional problems and risks with it, including an increased risk of gum disease. However, that doesn't mean that your oral health is doomed. Work with your dentist to maintain your oral health and to keep gum disease and the inflammation it causes at bay.