Arthritis and Teeth Brushing

Arthritis can turn a daily task such as brushing your teeth into a painful and awkward chore.

One solution is to attach your toothbrush handle to your hand with a wide elastic band, or to strap it to a sponge or similar object, according to the Johns Hopkins University Geriatrics Center.

If you have restricted shoulder movement, try lengthening the brush’s handle by attaching a longer piece of wood or plastic.

You can also limit motion by using an electric toothbrush.

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Revision date: July 6, 2011
Last revised: by Amalia K. Gagarina, M.S., R.D.