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Important Information about Oral Care!

At San Diego Home Care Assistance, we believe it is important that all seniors (and their loved ones) understand the importance of oral care! Although your elderly loved one may perform the proper daily teeth and mouth care, standard oral hygiene may not be enough. As individuals age, dental needs and oral care become more specialized and important to overall health. In fact, recent research has found a possible link between oral hygiene and serious health problems.

Without regular checkups and professional teeth cleaning, plaque can build on teeth and promote gingivitis and periodontal disease. Plaque is a sticky film that hardens and pulls the gum tissue away from the base of the tooth. Overtime, the inflammation of the mouth may worsen and spread to the heart, brain and other tissues of the body, causing serious health complications. A wealth of research has also linked the inflammation of gums and bacteria in failing teeth to cardiac disease, dementia and other health-related problems in seniors. Although current research continues to pinpoint the exact correlation, scientists have strong evidence that suggest people who exhibit poor dental health also experience a higher rate of rheumatoid arthritis, stroke and diabetes.

Does your aging loved one attend yearly dentist appointments? If yes, that’s great! If not, encourage them to visit their dentist on a regular basis and offer to accompany them. A little support and company may be just what they need. And if your busy schedule makes it difficult to find a time to take them, consider hiring a professional caregiver in San Diego. Caregivers can provide transportation to appointments, and can also offer emotional support for seniors who become anxious or nervous about visiting the dentist or doctor.

It is also important to keep in mind that your loved one’s oral health may also be affected by medications that cause dry mouth and increase the potential for dental caries or softening tooth enamel. Tooth pain and discomfort may discourage eating, drinking and the ability to tolerate daily oral hygiene. Certain medications may also cause a diminished sense of taste and the normal mechanism of thirst. If you begin to notice that your aging loved one is not participating in routine tooth brushing, be sure to explore any of the previously mentioned oral health challenges. The better you are able to pinpoint the reason for not brushing, the easier it will be to find a solution!

Ensure your aging parent or loved one receives professional teeth cleaning, a regular dental examination and daily care to prevent the complications of poor oral health. In addition, check for ill-fitting dentures or failing partials that may cause injury to the oral mucosa.

At Home Care Assistance of San Diego, we strongly believe that oral care is a vital part of your overall health and wellbeing! We also understand that helping a loved one with personal care is an area that can sometimes be tricky to navigate. If your aging loved one needs additional assistance with personal care such as tooth brushing, bathing, dressing and grooming, or simply needs assistance around the house, hourly home care may be the ideal solution! To learn more about one-on-one care for seniors, dial 1-877-254-4860 and schedule a complimentary no obligation consultation with a devoted Care Manager.

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