Barriers to Oral Health Care Prevent Seniors from Enjoying Their Golden Years


Numerous clinical studies have shown that oral health increases in importance as people age. Dental health not only improves appearance but also fights a range of health disorders. Periodontal disease is linked to increased risks for heart attacks and strokes, pneumonia, plaque buildup in the arteries, blood clots and painful mouth inflammations, according to a 2013 Centers for Disease Control study and many others. In-home care San Diego CA companions can help to ensure that seniors brush at least twice daily, eat a balanced diet, floss each day, replace worn toothbrushes and schedule regular dental appointments. It’s especially important to monitor and encourage senior dental health because people are living longer lives into their 70s, 80s and 90s.

Enjoying the retirement years depends on seniors being able to enjoy picnic food, outdoor catering, concessions and the gourmet treats of San Diego’s food trucks at Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, San Diego’s Pacific Beach, La Jolla Shores and Mission Beach, among other places. San Diego is known as one of the world’s healthiest cities, and good dental habits can be encouraged by ABC caregivers for assisted living San Diego CA to optimize health.

Common Misconceptions About Senior Dental Health

Common misconceptions about senior dental care include the fact that it’s normal to lose teeth due to aging. Proper dental hygiene can prevent tooth loss, cavities and gum disease even in the oldest seniors. Other myths and misconceptions about senior dental care include the following ideas:

– Seniors aren’t good candidates for dental implants.
Most seniors find that replacing missing teeth with implants is a better option than dentures because they worry less about fit and maintenance issues.

– Ill-fitting dentures are normal as people age.
Poor dentures make it difficult to eat, speak and smile. Most dentures can be refitted and adjusted.

– Poor dental hygiene is common among seniors.
Aging can affect dental health, but good hygiene limits tooth deterioration and fights gingivitis.

– Dry mouth is normal in seniors.
This myth is totally incorrect. Vast numbers of clinical studies prove that there is no change in salivary flow with age, so dry mouth indicates an underlying health disorder.

– Bleeding gums are common aging symptoms.
Bleeding gums at any age are causes for concern and usually symptoms of periodontal disease.

Finding Compassionate Home Health Care San Diego Services

Compassionate caregivers who provide elderly care San Diego CA can help to optimize seniors’ dental health by encouraging them to eat nutritious foods, follow best practices for dental health, ensure that they keep their dental appointments and ease resistance to routine care by helping them brush their own teeth or distracting them with music or television.

Old age doesn’t have to result in poor dental health when you hire Always Best Care of San Diego, which also serves Chula Vista, La Jolla, Escondido,Poway and surrounding communities. Call Bill and Diane Mathis (619) 757-1114 today for a free consultation or email the San Diego ABC franchise at [email protected] for the best senior care San Diego CA.

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