You may be providing care for older adults full time or only once in a while. Either way, you can help ensure that their mouths are cleaned every day and that they visit the dentist regularly. Daily care plus professional care equal the best chances for a healthy mouth.
Daily brushing and flossing help prevent tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath. It may also help you notice issues in the mouth early on, when they are easier to treat. If people have unhealthy mouths, other health problems may become worse. Here are a few things to watch for while caring for your loved one.
Daily brushing and flossing help prevent tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath. Other health problems may arise or become worse in a person whose mouth doesn’t receive the care it needs.
Issues that may affect older people’s mouth care include:
If the person shows any of the following signs, a dental visit is recommended:
Tending to dental hygiene needs of your loved one can be a pleasant part of their care. You can share any questions, concerns, or observations with your loved one’s dentist who may be able to help you better manage some of the challenges you may face.