How Can You Help Your Mom With Oral Care?

Older adults suffer from a myriad of oral health issues. Xerostomia (dry mouth) occurs in three out of ten adults between 65 and 79. It affects four out of ten adults 80 or older. Dry mouth is most commonly a side effect of prescription medications, but chronic health conditions like Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and Parkinson’s also cause it. Dry mouth is a problem as it increases the risk of infection. A dry mouth can cause the skin of the tongue, lips, and inner mouth to become dry and cracked. It increases the risk of cavities and gum disease. Proper oral care is vital in keeping your mom’s teeth and gums healthy. How can Companion Care at Home help your senior with this?

 

Companion Care at Home in Auburn CA: Oral Care

Companion Care at Home in Auburn CA: Oral Care

Receding Gums

As you get older, your gums recede, exposing more of the tooth’s surface. More exposed tooth surface means a higher risk of cavities. Brushing is one of the many ways to protect the teeth. Flossing them is also important.

When arthritis is present, your mom may have a hold time properly holding a toothbrush and floss. You can see if ergonomic oral care devices help, but it might be time to hire personal care at home aides to help her properly brush and floss her teeth.

 

Monitor Her Diet

You can also support your mom’s needs for better oral care through her diet. She needs to drop sugary drinks like sweetened iced tea and soda. Sticky candies are best enjoyed in moderation, and she should brush her teeth immediately after having one.

Instead, your mom should fill up on non-starchy vegetables and snacks like roasted almonds. Make sure she drinks water throughout the day.

Take Her to the Dentist Twice a Year

Your mom needs to see her dentist twice a year. If her insurance allows three or four visits each year, take advantage of these extra visits. She may not love going to the dentist, but it’s better than having a costly dental issue arise.

Purchase the Right Equipment

Talk to your mom’s dentist about electric toothbrushes. An oscillating or rotating electric toothbrush is more effective at removing plaque. A water flosser helps remove food from between the teeth after each meal. Pair a water flosser with regular dental floss.

If her dentist has discussed her weakening enamel, stock up on mouthwashes that contain fluoride. Toothpaste designed to strengthen enamel is also essential. She may need a prescription toothpaste to help strengthen her teeth.

Do you have the time to brush and floss your mom’s teeth at least twice a day? If she can’t do it herself, ensure she’s supported with personal care at home services. With caregivers visiting her at home, she benefits from having an expert to help with oral care. Call an agency to learn more.

 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring  Companion Care at Home in Auburn, CA, talk to the caring staff at Partners in Care today. Serving El Dorado, Nevada, Yuba, Sutter, Sacramento, Placer, Butte, Glenn, Yolo, & Colusa Counties!  Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! (530) 268-7423

 

Sources:

https://www.ada.org/resources/research/science-and-research-institute/oral-health-topics/aging-and-dental-health