Are your loved ones teeth in pearly white condition? Good oral health is like a car, it requires care and maintenance.
Aged Care Ready Associate Director and Founder of the Facebook Group ‘Ageing Parents Support Group’, Naomi Anderson, spoke with Jacquie Biggar from Senior Dental Care about how to oral health for elderly people.
The full interview can be viewed on our YouTube Channel.
Naomi Anderson showed curiosity in the biggest thing that most elderly people overlook in terms of oral health.
Ms Bigger explained they overlook the big picture, link between the mouth and the body and holistic care for professionals.
She continued to explain the biggest issue that she see’s in the elderly.
“The biggest issue is usually dry mouth (xerostomia),” said Ms Biggar.
“Saliva is very important to oral health. If there is a disruption, there is usually a flow on effect but luckily there are treatment options you can look at with a dental expert,”
“Other issues are decay, fungal infections and ill fitting dentures.”
Dental pain is something that is seen in the elderly.
Ms Anderson asks what’s the best thing that we can do as we age to prevent complications in later life?
Here are the dental professionals tips:
-Good oral hygiene and seeing your dental professional once or twice a year depending on your risk status.
-Other important aspects to look at are diet, water intake, keeping generally healthy
-Dental professionals can help find small ways to improve oral health through lifestyle changes.
For those at home caring for elderly parents who may have dementia, Ms Biggar also has some tips on what is the best way to assist them with their oral hygiene.
-Its important to recognise if there is any oral health changes or problems.
-Create prompts by calling or leaving notes
-Do the task together
-If too hard to physically brush – think outside the box like rinsing with water after sugary snacks or tea, encourage and mouth rinse instead, try changing toothpastes, or toothbrushes
We know many elderly also have dentures, and it can often be challenging to store them and clean then.
Naomi Anderson asked for those who have dentures, what is the best way to clean and store them?
“Look after them the same as natural teeth (focusing on gum line etc),” said Ms Biggar.
“Brush them over the sink with a towel and use proper denture brush,”
“You should soak them over night, leaving them out of the mouth. Think like a bath for dentures.”
Naomi is the Associate Director of Aged Care Ready and hosts weekly interviews with industry professionals.
Jacquie Bigger is a professional at Senior Dental Care (Sydney).
Aged Care Ready do the hard work for you and we often save our clients on numerous fees because of our relationship with the providers.
If you or your loved ones are seeking care but don’t know where to begin or have found yourself in a sticky situation, contact our team today on 1300 023 589 and we will guide you through.
Direct link to video: https://youtu.be/cOnkO6W-nY0