Maintaining a healthy mouth can be a major concern as you age. It can become increasingly difficult with mobility and dexterity issues. Even more concerning is the emerging evidence that dementia and oral health are somehow associated. While it may sound unnerving, there is a silver lining: studies show that seniors with good dental hygiene are more likely to have better overall health.
So, how can you make sure that you continue to have healthy teeth as you age?
Get proper dental care at every age. In-home caregivers can make sure that seniors make it to regular dental visits and keep up a proper oral hygiene routine. They are also particularly helpful to seniors with mobility issues. They can help them brush, floss and rinse with mouthwash. In addition, in-home caregivers can prepare foods that promote good oral and overall health.
Good dental hygiene in nursing homes is also vitally important. Through collaboration between dentists and nursing homes, seniors are able to receive treatment and regular dental check-ups. This eliminates the need to travel to and from the dentist’s office and helps the patient feel more comfortable.
Whether considering in-home care or moving into a care facility, you should be sure to research the dental care options, because, at every age, having a healthy mouth is vital to having a healthy body.