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A Caregiver Can Help Seniors Take Care of Their Dental Health

A Caregiver Can Help Seniors Take Care of Their Dental Health
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A Caregiver Can Help Seniors Take Care of Their Dental Health

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Taking care of teeth and gums is important at any age, but especially for senior citizens. Many seniors have lost some or all of their teeth. They may have fillings, crowns, implants, or dentures or may have gaps in their teeth. Dental problems that seniors face can be caused by other conditions or medications used to treat them or by poor oral hygiene or diet. Gum disease and infection can spread bacteria to other parts of the body and can contribute to other serious health risks, such as respiratory infections, cardiovascular disease, complications associated with diabetes, and even dementia.

Given the significant risks that seniors face, it is critical to make sure they take care of their teeth and gums as well as possible. A caregiver from Dependable Care can help.

A Caregiver Can Help with Brushing and Flossing

A caregiver can make sure your loved one brushes twice a day and flosses once a day. He or she can give friendly reminders and supervise to make sure your loved one is doing a thorough job. A caregiver can make sure your family member cleans dentures if he or she wears them. For seniors with arthritis or conditions that affect coordination and make brushing and flossing difficult, a caregiver can provide physical assistance with those tasks.

A Caregiver Can Make Sure Your Loved One Eats Healthy Foods

A caregiver can prepare nutritious meals and help your family member maintain a healthy diet. A caregiver can make sure your loved one eats plenty of fruits and vegetables and not a lot of sugary snacks and desserts in order to prevent cavities.

A Caregiver Can Take Your Family Member to the Dentist

A caregiver from Dependable Care can take your loved one to the dentist for regular exams and cleanings and any necessary procedures. If the caregiver suspects that your family member is in pain, he or she can let you know so you can schedule an appointment for your loved one to see a dentist.

A Caregiver Can Take Your Loved One to the Doctor

Seniors often take medications, some of which cause side effects such as dry mouth that can affect oral health. A caregiver can accompany your loved one to appointments with doctors and encourage him or her to talk about any side effects that may be affecting his or her teeth and gums.

Find the Right Caregiver for Your Loved One

Dental health is vital for seniors to prevent pain, tooth loss, and other medical problems. Many seniors neglect their teeth and gums and suffer needlessly. A caregiver from Dependable Care can help your loved one maintain a healthy diet, brush and floss daily, and go to the dentist for exams, cleanings, and other treatments when necessary. Contact Dependable Care today to find the right caregiver for your family member.

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