Why Oral Health Is So Important To Seniors
As we age, proper oral health is just as important as ever. And, there are additional concerns to take into account. Seniors living on a fixed income may have limited access to care, as well as health issues such as age-related memory loss. If you are a senior, it’s essential to continue taking care of yourself. If you have an aging parent or other loved ones, help them maintain their highest quality of life with proper dental care. That way, they can enjoy proper nutrition and eating the foods we love, pain-free!
Brushing and Flossing For Seniors
The basics of proper oral care, seniors should brush and floss, just as any individual would. So if you are a child or caregiver, remind them! Electric toothbrushes and floss holders may help provide more efficiency and are especially helpful if manual dexterity has degraded.
If you or a loved one wears dentures, they are vital to their overall well-being. So make sure dentures are properly maintained. (They should be removed at night and cleaned daily.) Additionally, our mouths change over time, and an old set of dentures may not fit as snugly as they once did. If dentures slip out, are uncomfortable, or cause pain, then it is time for new dentures or a denture reline. Furthermore, sometimes accidents happen, and dentures can break or become damaged. Get them repaired ASAP!
Regular Dental Checkups
Receiving checkups and professional dental cleanings are vital to maintaining oral health. During the appointment, we can check and monitor for any new or ongoing problems. Finally, be sure to let us know about any medications they may be taking, as many prescriptions include possible side effects that impact oral health.
With excellent oral care, we’ll help seniors enjoy their “golden years!”