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Dental Hygiene Tips for Seniors

Prince George Respite Care  |  February 7, 2024

Dental Hygiene Tips for Seniors to Maintain a Healthy Smile

Taking care of our teeth is essential at any age. Dental hygiene is not always top-of- mind as we age, and many focus on other health concerns, but it is crucial as 96% of seniors have had decay in their teeth.

The good news is that seniors who take care of their teeth and gums can prevent problems like toothaches, cavities, and tooth loss. Dental hygiene is paramount in our golden years because a healthy mouth makes eating well and maintaining a healthier lifestyle easier, helping seniors stay active and independent.

The following steps can help seniors to keep their teeth and gums healthier and their smiles brighter.

Brush and floss twice a day
What we learned as children is true throughout life; brushing and flossing remove germs and the plaque that builds up on your teeth, causing tooth decay. Brushing and flossing your teeth after breakfast and before bed is recommended by the dentist to reduce bacteria buildup in the mouth. For those with flossing problems, there are some readily available tools to help; a special smaller brush or dental pick may do the trick. And for up to 50% of seniors diagnosed with arthritis, a grip aid that slides over the brush’s handle helps with this daily task.

Discuss dry mouth with your dentist
Hundreds of medicines can cause the salivary glands to make less saliva, and that feeling is dry mouth. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), dry mouth affects 30% of patients older than 65 and up to 40% of patients older than 80. Also, older adults are more prone to dehydration, another common cause of dry mouth in seniors. The dentist or a doctor can help determine the cause of dry mouth and suggest appropriate treatments.

Incorporate healthy habits
Cutting down on sugary foods, including sugary drinks, and eating healthy can prevents tooth decay whether you’re a rambunctious 10-year-old or a wise 80-year-old.

Keep regular dentist appointments
The dentist can determine how often a senior loved one needs to be seen; therefore, during the next appointment, discuss the frequency of dental visits and schedule the next meeting accordingly.

Dental Hygiene Tips for Seniors to Maintain a Healthy Smile

Comfort Keepers® Can Help
Our Comfort Keepers® can help encourage seniors to make dental appointments and can help to motivate a senior to keep healthy dental habits. Our trained caregivers can drive clients to scheduled dentist appointments, provide mobility assistance and meal preparation, and help with activities of daily living.

We believe in Elevating the Human SpiritSM by providing our clients with practical assistance and daily moments of joy. By giving equal parts compassion, attention, and comfort, our goal is to help seniors feel independent again while promoting good health to enjoy their days.

References and additional information
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research – Dental Caries in Seniors
 Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion – Oral Health for Older Adults
 Oral Health and Aging – Information for Caregivers

ADA – Aging and Dental Health

Harvard Health Publishing – The senior’s guide to dental care

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