It can be easy to forget to brush your teeth or floss, and nobody enjoys going to the dentist, but these are essential if you want your teeth to last a lifetime.
Your loved one can still enjoy all the foods they love as long as they take care of their oral hygiene. Daily care will also allow your loved one to feel more comfortable smiling, talking, and laughing without having to worry about their mouth.
AgingCare has listed some essential teeth and mouth care tips for you and your loved one.
Plaque builds up along and under the gum line and can result in gum disease. This can cause infections that can lead to permanent damage to the gums and the underlying bone. The initial symptoms of gum disease are called gingivitis, which is reversible and can be improved with daily care. There are a range of ways to prevent gum disease, such as:
- Brush your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
- Floss once a day
- Visit the dentist twice a year for a checkup and cleaning
- Make sure to eat a well-balanced diet
- Don’t smoke
It is common for false teeth to replace badly damaged natural teeth. It is vital to regularly visit the dentist as your mouth naturally changes over time and they may need to be adjusted or replaced. Your loved one may take some time getting used to dentures, and should avoid hard or sticky foods.
Keep dentures clean in order to avoid stains, bad breath, and swollen gums. They must be brushed daily, and kept in either water or a denture cleaning liquid at night. Make sure your loved one rinses and cleans their mouth after removing the dentures, whether they are partial dentures (bridges) or complete dentures.
There is a proper way to brush your teeth to ensure the removal of plaque build-up.
- Gentle brush your teeth on all sides
- Use small, circular motions and short back-and-forth strokes
- Brush carefully and gently along the gum line
- Lightly brush your tongue
If your loved one suffers from arthritis or any other mobility related conditions, it can be difficult for them to engage in daily oral hygiene practices. Purchasing a toothbrush with a larger handle can assist with limited grip strength and dexterity. Securing the toothbrush with a large elastic band can also help your loved one brush their teeth properly and remove plaque.
Oral hygiene is an important aspect of overall health. Maintaining daily care can prevent a range of serious mouth and gum diseases. You are never too young or old to focus on your oral hygiene, and it is a crucial part of your loved one’s health and wellbeing. Make sure you and your loved one are keeping your mouth healthy and clean by following these tips.
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