What to Know to Help Make Caring for a Senior's Teeth Easier
Posted on 11/15/2018 by Dr. Shiotsu
Seniors have plenty of things to deal with. As they get older, the need to take care of their health grows. They spend more time and money on their health when they were younger.
When it comes to oral health, time, money and remembering to do things can create problems for seniors. It is a good idea to learn ways to help the seniors with their oral health.
The Problem of Tome and Memory
The key to good oral health is following a daily routine. Skipping steps in that routine can cause problems for the teeth. Whether a senior is dealing with their natural teeth, dentures of something else. It is important for them to maintain a good routine.
The daily routine includes brushing and flossing every day. An antiseptic mouthwash can also provide benefits for the teeth and gums. There are toothpastes designed for seniors that provide additional protection. If a senior uses denture, making sure they clean them properly is important.
The best help a senior can give to their teeth is to continue following their routine without fail. If they struggle with remembering to do that, someone needs to follow up with them to make sure it happens.
The Problem of Money
As a senior gets older, more and more of their income goes to medical expenses. This forces some seniors to make choices about whether they get the medical care they need or not. Avoiding visits to the dentists may save money in the short term, but it can create many problems.
Most areas have free or low-cost options for dental care. Dental insurance can cover many of the expenses of routine visits. The key is to have a plan in place to manage the costs of good dental care.
Getting older is never easy. If a senior struggle with their teeth, it can make it even harder to do what they want to do. Finding ways to help them maintain good oral health is one way to help them enjoy their senior years.
Contact our offices for more information about helping seniors with their dental issues.
Goichi Shiotsu, DDS
Mercer Island, Washington
Location 2825 80th Ave SE, Suite 3 Mercer Island, WA 98040-2985 Hours: Tuesday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm (206) 232-3600