A part of a senior’s healthcare should include regular visits to the dentist. Without consistent professional cleanings and inspections of the mouth, he or she could be subjected to serious oral health issues. If you are a relative of a senior, you can encourage him or her to visit the dentist at least twice per year to keep a close eye on their teeth and gums. Consistent appointments allow seniors to ensure that they are not at risk for gingivitis, which can eventually turn to periodontitis, which causes permanent damage to the mouth.
Signs of Gingivitis
There are a few telltale signs that might warn your loved one that they have this disease, but only a dentist can tell for sure.
- Red or swollen gums
- Gums that bleed when brushed or flossed
- Receding gums
- Constant bad breath
How you can Help
If a senior starts to have difficulty remembering to take care of daily activities, they might need a little assistance. This does not mean that their independence is eliminated; it simply means they need a little help with daily activities. A licensed professional from an in-home care agency can come in as often as you and your family determine necessary to assist your loved one with daily activities including brushing and flossing. In addition, they can also help ensure that your relative makes dental appointments and is able to get to them. Any assistance that is needed making the appointment, dealing with insurance or getting to the dentist can be provided by a professional that provides in-home senior care. This gives your relative the help he or she needs and your family the peace of mind that your relative’s needs are well cared for.