Tips for Seniors and Caregivers
Regular dental hygiene visits are a perfect time to speak to the dentist about concerns that you may have with regards to your oral health (or that of someone under your care) and will help to spot trouble early.
It is also a time to update your dental team about any medical issues or medications that you may be taking that could adversely affect your oral health.
Review the tips for proper brushing and flossing as instructed by your dentist or dental hygienist.
Always choose a soft toothbrush, run the bristles under warm water so as to further soften the brush against gum tissue, and remember to replace worn brushes every 3 to 6 months. Because problems with the arthritis, most of the seniors cannot brush properly. Consider using the electric toothbrush. It is going to be much easier for your senior to keep good oral hygiene. Ask your dental hygienist about the best option as there is many poor quality products on the market.
When cleaning or caring for your denture, in order to avoid accidental breakage should they fall, make sure to have a folded towel or sink full water over which you handle your denture.
Avoid letting your dentures to dry out. When not worn, do not simply leave them out exposed to the drying effects of air. Remember to soak them in a glass with water or a denture cleaning solution.
Never place your dentures in hot water, as that will cause the denture material to warp.
Brush, clean and rinse your dentures daily.
Message to Caregivers
If you are caring for a senior who is faced with physical or cognitive deterioration, please take note of their oral health by simple observation inside their mouth for any problems. Their oral health does impact the quality of their lives, and upon their overall systemic health. Maintain their regular dental and dental hygiene visits to avoid painful and costly big dental repairs. It is easier to treat the small defect than a big one. If possible, attend the dental visit with the elder in your care in order to provide as much relevant medical information as possible.