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Dental Care For Great-Grand Dad

By Jill Feilmeier on September 18, 2012 in Dental Health

Grandfather and daughter laugh

Contrary to what many believe, life does not get easier as we get older. In honor of Healthy Aging Month, we have brought to you information about oral health care and the home-bound.  

Maintaining a healthy mouth can be a major concern as you age.  Statistics show that 18.5% of Iowa's 65 and over population are suffering from complete tooth loss and 42.3% have lost 6 or more teeth. Studies show, seniors with good dental hygiene are more likely to have better health. 

So, how can you make sure that you do not fall into this percentage as you age? There are many options to help make sure that as you age, you are getting proper dental care.  In-home caregivers can help ensure that seniors make it to regular dental visits and maintain a proper oral hygiene routine. In-home caregivers are particularly helpful to seniors with mobility issues. They can assist seniors with brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouth wash.  These caregivers are also trained to assist seniors in a way that is calming and reassuring. In-home caregivers can also prepare foods that promote healthy living and good oral health. 

Promoting good dental hygiene in nursing homes is becoming increasingly important. Through collaborations between dentists and nursing homes, seniors are able to receive treatment and regular dental check-ups. This is extremely beneficial because it eliminates the senior's need travel to and from the dentist's office. Coming to the patient helps seniors feel more comfortable with their dentist and with the procedures that need to be done.

Whether considering in-home care or moving into a care facility, you should be sure to research the dental care options because at every age having a healthy mouth is vital to having a healthy body.