Aging brings many changes that impact health. One of the things seniors overlook is that gums recede naturally with age. Arthritis makes it hard to get in and really floss the back teeth. Prescription medications may reduce saliva production. All of this impacts your mom’s dental health. She needs to take extra precautions when it comes to her oral health.
Check Side Effects on Her Medications
Certain medications lead to dry mouth. With a dry mouth, bacteria can more easily build up and lead to issues like gum disease. If your mom is on a medication that does impact her saliva production, make sure she drinks water regularly or chews a sugar-free gum to keep her mouth moist. She may also find it helpful to use a mouthwash designed for dry mouth after brushing her teeth.
Purchase and Use a Water Flosser
Arthritis often makes it difficult to reach into the mouth while holding dental floss. Your mom may struggle to floss between her teeth. A water flosser is easy to use and can do a better job of cleaning between teeth and under bridges. You can get a good water flosser for $35 to $60, so you don’t have to spend a lot. Shop for water flossers online or in area stores.
Avoid Sugary or Acidic Foods
If your mom has a sweet tooth, she’s providing fuel for the bacteria in her mouth. She also needs to be careful about acidic foods that break down enamel. If she loves drinking water or tea with fresh lemon, the acidity of the lemon can lead to erosion of the enamel that protects her teeth. If she can’t give up the lemon juice, make sure she uses a toothpaste designed to help strengthen her tooth’s enamel.
Keep Up With Dental Visits
Your mom should see her dentist twice a year. Most dental insurance plans allow for twice-yearly exams. At this appointment, your mom’s teeth will be professionally cleaned and checked for early cavities, fractures, and gum disease. It’s best to catch these problems as early as possible.
Do you struggle to get time off to take your mom to her appointments? You’re not the first person to run into this issue. You’re balancing your mom’s needs with a job and family life. Let a caregiver help.
A home care professional is happy to drive your mom to and from appointments. The caregiver can make sure your mom brushes her teeth each morning and after meals. Caregivers also help with light housework, laundry, and shopping. Learn more by contacting a home care agency now.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED-ONE ARE CONSIDERING HOME CARE IN PLANO, TX, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE TODAY. CALL (214) 272-2188