Dental Care Tips for SeniorsPosted on April 25, 2014 by ElderCare Resources in Blog, Caregiver Education, Education, Home Care Non-Medical
People of every age should floss daily, but it is even more important for a senior who’s teeth have seen more wear. Be sure to floss in between every tooth on a daily basis to maintain your healthy smile.
If you haven’t been the “healthiest” eater throughout your life, now is a great time to start. One way of truly improving and retaining oral health is to eat and drink healthier foods. Try to eat more green and raw vegetables, eat whole wheat, and drink less fatty milk products.
Brush Your Tongue Daily
Tongue brushing is too often overlooked, and even more so in older age. While brushing your teeth will always be essential in retaining oral health, it is much less effective unless you brush your tongue daily as well.
Ditch Refined Sugars
By now you know that too much refined sugar is certainly no good for your teeth. Try to cut out refined sugars from your diet as much as possible. However, we know some patients never loose their sweet tooth. Thankfully, these days there are hundreds of healthy snacks and desserts on the market with sugar alternatives that are just as delicious as other sweets.
Provide Dentists With Med Records
If you take one or more medications or have had any surgeries since your last dental visit, be sure to inform your dentist. This will give your dentist the information they need to assure you are given the correcttreatment as well as medications if they are necessary.
Treat Dentures Like Teeth
Although dentures are not real teeth, you should always treat them as such. Brush them daily and keep them in the best of shape. This will save you both embarrassment and money in the end, and leave you with a bright and beautiful smile to share.
Never Decrease Brushing
As some patients get older, they brush their teeth less often or for less time. Some seniors simply fall asleep early and forget to brush. Others may experience arthritis pain, which may prompt them to brush for less time. There are devices you can buy or make to decrease arthritis pain while brushing, and you can set a bedtime alarm for you to get your teeth brushed if it is becoming a problem. Don’t let anything get in the way of your oral health!
Upkeep Dental Visits
No matter how healthy your teeth are, it is important to make yearly visits to your dentist. Your dentist will provide you with the best services for your age and make sure your teeth are staying aligned and healthy. They may perform additional services for you at your age to assure your teeth are healthy and you are able to perform the tasks you need to, from chewing to laughing.