Problems with oral health, which can include teeth, gums, and even the sense of taste, can increase with age due to many factors. And quite a few of the issues can be helped with good oral hygiene. Too, this may be something a home care professional can assist with.
With oral health issues can come other problems. For instance, when a senior loses his or her teeth, they may not be as interested in eating. This can cause further damage to the mouth and the body. Further, there could be depression from not being able to do things they once had been able to do; like chew or even smile. What’s more, one problem may have multiple causes or meanings, inciting additional frustration.
Consider these five oral issues:
- Pain in the mouth could mean tooth or gum issues
- Problems with eating may be due to losing teeth, an infection on the gums, cavities or even dentures that aren’t fitting correctly; due to some foods over time, teeth can get stained and turn darker in color
- Dry mouth is a side effect of many prescription medications and can affect nearly every aspect of the mouth from teeth to gums to even swallowing as it decrease saliva production
- Oral cancer, such as throat and mouth varieties, is a disease that is more of a risk as the senior ages
- Facial nerve problems, such as from Parkinson’s and stroke can cause a number of issues including eating, swallowing, and effect sleep
Besides affecting eating habits, having oral issues such as losing teeth can change breathing and even interfere with speech. So having oral issues can also relate to spurring emotional issues for the senior as well.
As previously mentioned, there are things that can be done to help with some oral conditions. A home care professional may be able to assist with these as well. Some of the ways a senior might be able to help with his or her oral care problem could be to:
- Stop smoking
- Brushing your mouth and gums if possible though if not, there are rinse options that may be beneficial
- Chew gum
- Use artificial saliva to try and alleviate dry mouth
- Drink water daily
- Being aware of any changes in the mouth such as swelling or pain
Be sure to check with a physician, dentist, or other health care professional when considering options to help with the issues of oral health care.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING IN-HOMECARE IN LAS VEGAS, NV, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE. CALL TODAY 702-800-4616.