Sep 29, 2017 by Garrett Sullivan
Unfortunately, seniors can suffer from many dental related conditions. Many seniors already have dentures, dental implants, or some form of a dental appliance in their mouth and this means that they need to take proper care of it along with their natural teeth to preserve their dental health. Personal home care should always include good dental hygiene habits since oral infections, gum disease, and tooth decay are prevalent.
If a senior does not make dental hygiene a part of their personal home care routine, they may start to suffer from additional oral concerns from cavities to gum disease and even tooth loss. In addition, neglecting one’s teeth can lead to heart disease and also diabetes.
Below, you will find some great personal home care dental hygiene tips to help your loved one be proactive about his or her dental care.
To help your loved one be proactive about his or her oral health, make sure that he or she visits the dentist annually. Sometimes, dentists will require checkups every six months or more often depending on your loved one’s health. It is vital that your loved one goes to these appointments, as his or her dentist can catch any issues early on.
Your loved one needs to brush his or her teeth twice per day and also floss them. You may want to work these activities into their daily routine, so they do not forget to do them. Make sure that their toothbrush is comfortable for them and that they have the ability to floss their teeth. If they struggle with the floss, consider a flossing tool that can help them reach every tooth in their mouth.
If you would like to learn more about our personal home care services and senior dental hygiene, call Comfort Keepers today.