How can I recognise problems with oral health when assisting an older person’s oral hygiene?

October 11th, 2018 by , posted in Dental Tech Group

Older people who need help with daily living activities will require support with oral hygiene that ranges from minimal assistance to total assistance. When assisting with an older person’s oral hygiene check for, report and follow up on signs of the following oral health conditions:

  • soreness and cracks at corners of the mouth
  • red swollen mouth
  • sore, swollen or inflamed or coated areas on the tongue
  • bad breath
  • dry oral tissues
  • thick, stringy or rope like saliva
  • swollen red gums that bleed easily while brushing
  • oral pain or tooth sensitivity
  • loose or broken teeth or exposed tooth roots
  • changed behavior and refusing to open mouth
  • difficulty while eating and/or speaking
  • food left in mouth and poor oral cleanliness
  • broken or chipped teeth on the denture
  • broken or chipped acrylic areas on the denture
  • bent or broken mental wires or clips on partial denture
  • check for a name on the denture

 

 

Call us on 014551866 or email us at clinics@dentaltech.ie and one of our team will be happy to advise you on the best action to take.