Maintaining good oral hygiene is important for every person of all ages. But as we age, caring for our oral health becomes increasingly important since the problems are accumulated over the years. No matter the age, visiting the dentist is necessary as the cleaner your teeth and gums are, the lesser the problems that may arise in the future. Here are some dental care tips for loved ones.
Visit the Dentist
Many commonly perceive that as long as they brush and floss daily, they would have excellent oral health and don’t need to visit the dentist. However, your loved ones must be aware that regular maintenance followed by dental exams is the ideal way to uncover problems such as oral cancers, tooth decay, and gum disease.
Medications and Dry Mouth
Your family member or loved one could be on certain medications currently such as for regulating cholesterol, arthritis, high blood pressure, and asthma, which can decrease the production of saliva. This can result in a dryer mouth which can give rise to tooth decays and cavities. When visiting the dentist, do inform the dentist what drugs are presently taken. The dentist will most likely recommend a mouthwash or oral spray to combat mouth dryness. Another solution would be to drink plenty of water to keep the mouth lubricated.
Maintain a Balance Diet
A balanced diet can provide the required nutrition that without it, the teeth and gums are more susceptible to decay. The bones in the jaw and face can also become stronger to help keep your teeth in their position. Choose healthy snacks like vegetables, fruits, and non-acidic fruits since the acid will erode tooth enamel. Ensure you have a sufficient daily intake of protein and minimize or avoid sugar consumption.
At Discovery Village At The Forum, we strive to provide our residents with healthy, nutritious, and delicious meals daily. Our Sensations Dining program is committed to creating a variety of tasty meals from scratch using the freshest ingredients, led by our executive chef and the culinary team. Do check out our unique programs today.
Gum disease is painless during its initial stages, when it progresses and is left untreated, deep spaces known as periodontal pockets can form from the gums pulling away from the teeth. Such pockets can collect food particles, lead to plaque formation and ultimately gum inflammation. Your loved ones could be prone to the early stages of gum disease should they become lax in maintaining their oral hygiene. If your loved one has red or swollen gum, please book an appointment at the dentist.
The Best Care at Discovery Village At The Forum
Sometimes, taking care of your aging loved ones can be too difficult to manage, for instance caring for their oral health and other conditions or problems. Here at Discovery Village At The Forum, our senior assisted living program can be the ideal solution! Our program allows the flexibility and freedom for your loved ones to do what they love while receiving the living assistance they require.