Dental Care for the Elderly

As you get older, the function and condition of your teeth will certainly experience a decline. It should also be noted that the elderly group will experience natural gum decline which can affect tooth sensitivity because the teeth are not properly protected. The elderly usually also have limitations for activities, for example when brushing their teeth and making the process of cleaning teeth not optimal. In the end, they also become susceptible to dental and oral problems.

So, what should be done so that the elderly can maintain their hygiene and dental health?

  1. Make sure your teeth are brushed well

Elderly who have limitations in their activities, need to be assisted or directed when they brush their teeth. To make the process of brushing their teeth easier, we can give them an electric toothbrush so they don't have to move their hands.

  1. Take care of the food and drink you eat

Not only good for the teeth and mouth, maintaining a healthy diet for the elderly will also have a good influence on the overall health of the elderly. What we need to pay attention to is, make sure the elderly do not eat too many foods that are too hard, sticky, and contain a lot of sugar and acid.

  1. Doing scaling

If you are in doubt about the condition of the elderly's dental hygiene, then it never hurts to check the condition of their teeth so we know if there is tar-tar that can't be removed with just a toothbrush. Scaling also needs to be done so that the condition of the teeth of the elderly is perfectly clean.

  1. Perform routine checks or checks with the dentist

For the elderly who have had dental treatment before, it is definitely very important to have regular check-ups. For example, those who wear removable dentures, bridges, crowns or dental implants. In order to ensure that the denture remains in good and safe condition, it is really necessary to have regular check-ups with the dentist.

Ref.: https://www.dentalhealth.org/dental-care-for-older-people