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Three Things You Can Do to Make Caring for a Senior's Mouth Easier


Posted on 5/30/2017 by Dr. Leite
An elderly woman receiving a dental examination.
If you care for a senior, caring for their teeth is part of the job. You have to often help them brush, as that coordination can sometimes get lost as we get older. There are ways to make this job less of a hassle. Here are a few tips to make your job just a little easier.

First, Get a Bigger Handled Toothbrush
It is easier to take care of your mouth if you can hold the toothbrush properly. Since arthritis is common as we get older, having a toothbrush with a bigger handle can make a big difference.

It allows the toothbrush to be held more effectively, which allows them to brush more thoroughly.

Second, Get a Water Flossing Machine


Flossing is nearly impossible to master on a daily basis as our hands get older. Those contortions are not going to be comfortable, and they can make it to where some people stop flossing altogether out of pain. Instead of letting this be the case, get a water flosser for them. It is like a toothbrush, but they aim it at their gums and voila, the job is done in no time and without pain.

Third, Help Them Keep Their Mouth Moist
Since dry mouth significantly increases the chances of them developing cavities and pain, keep their mouth moist. Keep fresh water nearby at all times, and encourage them to sip on it. They need to stay hydrated anyway, so this helps with both issues.

If you aren't able to keep up with a senior's teeth as well as you'd like, make sure they see their dentist more often than every six months. Talk to their dentist about your concerns, and see what other tips they can provide. They have been helping people for a long time, and know what has helped others!

Please contact our office if you have any questions about your seniors oral health.


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