Discussing Dental Health Issues with Seniors


If you are concerned about the overall health of your parents or other loved ones, do not forget to watch for issues with their mouths. Problems with teeth and gums are not only painful and unattractive, they can also be indicators of other serious health conditions. Agencies such as Always Best Care (ABC) provide the kind of elderly care Monroe LA residents have come to rely on for dealing with such situations.

Like the younger generations, seniors should be attending to their oral health care with a good routine practiced since childhood, including:

  • Brushing teeth at least twice a day
  • Flossing daily
  • Using a toothpaste with fluoride

Such habits combined with regular visits to the dentist and dental hygienist will prevent most conditions. There will be no buildup of plaque leading to the swollen, bleeding gums of gingivitis or, worse yet, the receding gums and infections of periodontal disease. Prevention is always easier and less painful that trying to treat such conditions. Recent research has also linked poor dental health to serious health conditions such as respiratory problems, diabetes and even heart disease.

Without frightening your parents or other loved one about the consequences of not looking after their teeth, you might want to initiate a casual discussion about the importance of oral health in the larger context of their general health. This is especially important if your senior wants to maintain independent living in his or her own home, a familiar and comfortable environment. If you are meeting denial that dental issues can be serious, you could be prepared with examples of how acquaintances of yours have paid the price of serious gum disease that affected their overall well-being. Perhaps they even ended up going into an assisted living facility.

If there are already serious problems resulting from neglecting dental care, you might want to bring in a professional caregiver for a discussion and advice. Always Best Care employs qualified staff trained for in home care for seniors, from providing a sitting service to housekeeping and personal care duties. Maybe it is time to explore the options for a personalized care plan that would allow your loved one to remain at home but still enjoy a full, rewarding life.

For a free consultation and expert advice from the best senior care Monroe LA residents can access, contact Kandace Stroo or Kristen Lambrecht, the local owners and operators of Always Best Care. They are available at 318-322-2223 or [email protected].

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