22 May Helping Elderly Relatives Get The Right Oral Care
Are you looking for a sympathetic family dentist in Egham?
Caring for an elderly relative is something most people will do at some point in their lifetime. It involves a lot of time, patience, and sometimes physical and emotional endurance as well. There is a lot to caring for an elderly relative, and oral care forms an important part of that.
No matter what age a person is, it is important to ensure their teeth and mouth are in good health. Good dental hygiene is always important. If you are caring for an elderly relative, there are lots of aspects of their oral health you will need to consider. Here are some considerations to make when it comes to your elderly relative’s oral care:
GP & Dentist Support
It is so important that you ensure you are getting support from your relative’s GP and dentist. Regular visits to both will ensure that any potential issues are spotted early on, and treated. Your GP can help with things like changing medication if it is causing dry mouth, or investigating potential oral health symptoms that indicate health issues elsewhere in the body. Your Egham dentist will be able to check oral health, ensure teeth and gums are healthy, manage dentures and also check for potential oral health issues as well. Your dentist, in conjunction with a GP, can also help with solutions to unavoidable health issues or medication that could be causing symptoms like dry mouth.
A person prone to tooth decay or at risk of tooth decay may be able to use high fluoride toothpaste prescribed by the dentist. There are also fluoride treatments available for those who need it.
Your relative may be prone to gum disease because of medication, medical conditions or problems with a good oral health regime. Gum disease, if it isn’t treated, can cause gum, soft tissue and even bones to become infected and damaged. Your Egham dentist can support you with ensuring your relative has the best possible oral health regime to help avoid gum disease being an issue. They may also recommend more regular visits for teeth cleaning, along with other useful measures.
Hopefully, your elderly relative is able to clean their teeth and gums adequately themselves. However, it may be the case that they are starting to struggle to do so because of mobility, or medical problems that cause them to neglect their oral health, such as dementia. If this is the case, your GP and dentist will be able to support you to help you help your relative maintain good oral health. It may be that a different type of toothbrush is needed, or you may need to remind them when to clean their teeth. If you need to clean their teeth for them, your dentist can support you with how best to do that.
Ill fitting dentures can cause problems with eating, discomfort and even sores in the mouth. Regular trips to the dentist will help ensure your elderly relatives dentures fit well, and are helping them eat and talk comfortably.
Do You Need To Make An Appointment For Your Elderly Relative?
If you need to make an appointment with Crown House Dental in Egham, or you want to register, please call our friendly team on 01784432641 and we will be more than happy to help.