Brushing Teeth As a Caregiver Means Needing to Watch for Signs of Trouble
Posted on 11/9/2020 by Front Desk
The probability of having dental problems is very high for seniors, this is primarily due to the fact that they have experienced many years of wear and tear on their teeth, which can take a serious toll if they have developed certain habits. As a Caregiver, it is your job to look for common signs of problems, because they may not have the senses or physical mobility to accurately inspect themselves. Keep reading to learn more about what you should look for while taking care of someone else's teeth.
What Trouble Looks Like
Tooth decay is one of the most common issues facing the elderly; as people age, their enamel wears down, making it easier for cavities to develop. Their gums continue to recede as well, which leaves the roots of their teeth exposed and more susceptible to cavities and infections. Gum disease can become a serious problem; it is essential to remove the plague and kill as much acid-producing bacteria as possible.
Elderly people are also more likely to develop cancer, so make sure that you are on the lookout for oral cancer; this will typically manifest itself as white or red spots in the mouth, such as on the lips or tongue. Trouble eating and speaking can be caused by several things, but make sure that it is not caused by misaligned dentures; the person you are caring for might also be experiencing pressure sores that can help you hone-in on a misalignment issue.
We hope that this was helpful for you as you continue being an important part of the lives of people that depend on your great heart every day. Please call us if you have any concerns about your patients' mouth, or to schedule an appointment.
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