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Tips for Dental Care for Seniors

Senior Care in Tempe AZ

As people age, their ability to take care of all their personal hygiene needs, such as dental care, can deteriorate. However, with the help of elderly care providers, all seniors can experience great Senior-Care-Tempe-AZoral health throughout their golden years.

The fact is, discussing dental health needs can be a bit difficult, especially for seniors who are used to being independent and taking care of all their needs themselves. However, dental disease, tooth loss and general reduction in overall mobility can make it difficult for seniors to properly care for their teeth.

While seniors may put up a bit of resistance in the beginning, they will typically give in when they realize their elderly care provider or adult child is simply trying to prevent serious dental concerns. Some tips to help care providers ensure a senior’s proper oral health are found here.


Be aware of existing oral issues

Tooth or mouth pain can cause other symptoms in seniors. Also, a number of medications that seniors commonly take can cause the mouth to be dry, which adds to the discomfort they experience. However, when the senior’s mouth remains healthy, they will be able to eat without pain, enjoy the taste of food, and ensure they can speak properly.

It is important for a home care provider to take note of any changes in the senior’s teeth or mouth in general as they help them care for their mouth. Lesions, swellings, and bumps can all indicate an issue, especially if they don’t go away within two weeks. Be sure to ask the senior if their teeth feel more sensitive than usual as this can be an indication of a more serious issue.


Assisting with oral care

While the level of oral care support that will vary from senior to senior, it is important to ensure the experience is as comfortable as possible. Some tips to help with this process include:

  • Brushing: Utilize a soft bristled brush and small round motions to clean each of the teeth. Also, brush the tongue gently. An electric toothbrush can be used to make this process easier and more efficient.
  • Floss: Each tooth should be flossed, including dental bridges and implants.
  • Rinse: Antibacterial mouthwash should be used to finish off the process.

Caring for dentures properly is just as important as natural teeth.


Care for after meals and during the day

It is important the senior takes regular sips of water during the day, which is a great way to keep the mouth feeling moist and fresh. After a meal, all the food should be removed and the senior should rinse to remove any leftover food.


Regular dental check ups

In addition to good and consistent oral home care, regular appointments with dentist is also important for seniors. This can help ensure no serious conditions are present. An elderly care provider can help remind the senior of the appointment and transport him or her, if necessary.


If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring senior care services in Tempe, AZ, please contact the caring staff at About You Home Care (480) 427-4840. Servicing Phoenix and the surrounding communities.


Debbie McLay

Founder and CEO at About You Home Care
Debbie McLay has had a ten year career working as a Behavioral Health Technician providing Direct Care to youth and adults with behavioral challenges, including substance abuse, eating disorders, domestic violence, and mental illness. For her exceptional work in this area Debbie was nominated for Subcontractor Employee of the Year by Value Options, an organization contracted to manage the mental health system in Maricopa County, and her client was nominated for the Most Successful Client of the Year. Debbie’s entrepreneurial endeavors began twelve years ago when she owned a successful retail business in a busy mall.

Debbie experienced firsthand in her own family the challenges that caregiver’s endure when caring for an aging loved one and saw a need for providers who adhere to a higher standard with exceptional service and individualized care that she herself provided in her behavioral health career. Debbie combined her background in healthcare with her entrepreneurial experience and founded About You Home Care with a vision of serving others who were faced with the struggles that her family had experienced. She’s also a strong believer in community service and does volunteer work for Duet, a nonprofit organization that provides aid for older adults and their families that face the difficult challenges associated with aging. Debbie has been on the fundraising event Steering Committee since 2011 and served as the event chair for two of those years.

Debbie did her Undergraduate studies in Psychology and Behavioral Science with Honors and pursued additional education in Chemical Dependency Counseling.