Look at That Smile!
Is there anything better than seeing your loved one’s huge, bright shining smile to remind you just how happy they are? It is hard not to smile just thinking about how their face lights up with a great smile and big laugh. Here are a few important reminders about the importance of dental hygiene as a senior, and remember, a healthy mouth is a great indicator of a healthy body.
Oral Hygiene Tips and Tricks for Seniors
- Conditions like arthritis can make it more difficult to perform tasks like brushing your teeth, so an electric toothbrush may help in cleaning the teeth more thoroughly than a normal brush.
- Rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash to help keep the mouth and teeth clean between brushings and help get in those hard-to-reach areas.
- As we age, we are often on oral medications to stay healthy. These can dry the mouth out, so be sure to drink plenty of water. Tap water contains fluoride too, and that is a great agent in preventing tooth decay.
- Be sure to properly clean dentures daily, so bacteria have no chance to grow.
Risks and Watchouts of Poor Dental Hygiene
- The Mayo Clinic (www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle) and Harvard Health (https://www.health.harvard.edu/topics/dental-health) both suggest there is a correlation between gum disease and heart disease. The bacteria in the mouth from gum disease travels throughout the body and increases the risk of a bacterial infection which can impact the heart, affect the heart valves, and cause heart disease.
- Gum disease is caused by plaque and food particles left in the mouth. It can be linked to many problems in the body and is taxing on overall health and general wellness.
- Pneumonia can be caused when there are bacteria in the mouth that is breathed in and then enters the lungs. Seniors are more susceptible and typically have more severe symptoms when impacted by pneumonia.
How Good Hygiene Helps You Sparkle and Shine
- A healthy smile promotes confidence and comfort in social situations.
- Healthy, strong teeth allow the ability to eat a variety of foods that properly nourishes and strengthens the body.
- Practicing good hygiene and keeping up with regular checkups keeps you healthy and will help prevent painful dental problems caused by neglect.
We are here and committed to being a part of happy, healthy living. Our team of clinical professionals at Brownsburg Health Care Center is here to help with every aspect of your loved one’s health, including dental hygiene! Call us today at (317) 852-3123 to learn more.