Tips from Dentist that will help to improve Seniors oral health

Tips from Dentist that will help to improve Seniors oral health

Oral Health and General Health are Related!

 

Literature demonstrates that there is a mutually exclusive relationship between oral health and general health, it cannot be understated how systemic diseases can inversely impact oral health conditions, simply due to factors such as functional or cognitive impairment.

 

How To Assist the Elderly?

 

In order to assist elderly patients in managing their own oral care, consider the following recommendations for preventative care:

 

Maintaining Regularity for Your Elderly Patients!

 

Aside from these general recommendations, it should be taken into account that elderly dental care requires regularly scheduled visits; infrequent visits or none at all can allow problems to worsen, and as such, appointments for cleaning should, at minimum, be made twice a year to avoid concern.

 

Hydration is key

Oral Health Goes Beyond Taking Care of Just Your Mouth!

In essence, dental staff should be able to discuss why caring for one’s oral health promotes longevity and general health, what the potential benefits are of caring for dental health on the daily, and how the teeth and gums should be protected from damage caused by a lack of care (i.e. build-up of plaque and bacteria).

 

References

  1. Ontario Dental Association. Seniors’ Oral Care: Providing Oral Hygiene Care to Residents of Ontario Long-Term Care Homes. Ontario Dental Association, 2019. https://www.oda.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/2019June_Seniors_Oral_Health_PSW-Guide.pdf.
  2. Ontario Dental Association, “Seniors’ Oral Care: Providing Oral Hygiene Care to Residents of Ontario Long-Term Care Homes”.
  3. Ontario Dental Association. Oral Inspection Tips for Caregivers. Ontario Dental Association, 2019. https://www.oda.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/2019June_Oral-Inspection-Tips-for-Caregivers_FINAL.pdf.
  4. Cano Health. “Elderly Dental Care: 10 Tips.” CanoHealth, October 8, 2020. https://canohealth.com/news/blog/elderly-dental-care-tips/.
  5. Slaughter, Ann. “Providing Dental Care for Older Adults in Long Term Care.” Perelman School of Medicine: University of Pennsylvania. Lecture. Accessed August 18, 2022. https://www.med.upenn.edu/gec/user_documents/10_Oral-Heatlh-InstructorSlidesWithNotes-07.pdf.
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