Sep 29, 2017 by Samantha Pfeifer
Brushing and flossing your teeth has become quite routine, but just because you do it every day does not mean that your mouth will be in the best health. There are many variables to dental hygiene and one misstep can cause a cavity to form. Fortunately, if your loved one struggles with their dental hygiene, they can lean on their senior caregivers to help them.
Since senior dental hygiene is so important, our senior caregivers have weighed in to discuss the best tips to help your loved one maintain a beautiful and healthy smile.
There is a specific way to brush your teeth and that does not include just running the brush over the teeth a couple of times. Senior caregivers can help your loved one learn how to brush properly because it does take a lot of practice and it may be difficult for some seniors who have dexterity problems. The brush should be held at a 45-degree angle in the mouth. You should use circular motions to clean the front and back of the teeth and a forward and backward motion to clean the chewing surface of the tooth itself.
One of the biggest mistakes that seniors make is they do not choose the right toothbrush. This can lead to discomfort as they brush and may cause them to injure themselves or avoid brushing altogether. Seniors should choose a small brush that is soft enough for their teeth to handle, yet firm enough to remove plaque. Seniors who have arthritis may benefit from an electric toothbrush.
The tongue harbors a lot of bacteria and it needs to be cleaned too. Taking your toothbrush to the tongue may not be the best way to handle the situation. An approved tongue scraper can help your loved one keep their tongue clean without the worry of gagging.
If you would like to learn more about how our senior caregivers can help your loved one with their dental care, call Comfort Keepers now.
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