How to Reduce Serious Health Issues Caused by Bad Oral HealthNovember 21st, 2018 by Maya, posted in Dental Health
Good oral hygiene is a paramount for older people, since dental health is closely link to serious health problems such as heart disease, pneumonia, diabetes, dementia, erectile dysfunction and more.
Taking care of oral hygiene is very important for older people especially in nursing homes and caregiving services, where many residents are not able to take care of their oral health and exclusively rely on staff.
Following a comprehensive oral hygiene routine will make great impact on overall health. A protective oral hygiene regimen should include:
Brush the teeth and gums for two minutes, at least twice a day with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. It is important to brush gums and tongue regardless of whether an older person has teeth or wearing dentures.
Floss once a day should be added to your daily routine.
Rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash once or twice a day.
Clean dentures daily, just like natural teeth. Use a denture brush and mild soap to remove plaque from all surfaces. Keep in mind that unlike natural teeth, dentures cannot be cleaned with toothpaste!
Don’t forget to remove your dentures during the night time. That helps maintain healthy gums.
Keep the mouth moist
Dry mouth is uncomfortable and can impair chewing, taste, swallowing, speech and dentures fit. Saliva has antibacterial properties and can prevent the development of oral disease. Sip water regularly and add a moisturizing mouthwash to your daily oral hygiene regime.
Visiting the dentist regularly for a complete dental check-up, cleaning and oral exams, is a habit everyone must adopt. An annual dental checkup can help you with your personal cleaning efforts and identify any gum disease or tooth decay while it can still be treated.
For some people, brushing twice a day seem to be enough. For some others, making additions to their oral hygiene regimen is a necessity. The crucial part of maintaining oral health for elderly is keep teeth and gums clean and have dentist monitor the situation on regular basis.
Dental Tech Group comes fully equipped and ready to provide dental and denture care not only to nursing homes but also in the comfort of your home; Give as a call on 01 455 1866 to learn more about our range of services or for any other question you might have. We are always more than happy to assist you, the best way we can.