Caretaking is a difficult task. With so many things to think about and care for, how do you fit it all in? Doctors appointments. Health concerns. Daily activities. And of course a whole lot more.
While many things can be “warning signs” of things to come, teeth can be one of the easiest areas to overlook … and one of the key symptoms towards future issues.
The first step toward ensuring proper dental health is to ask questions. When you drop by your father’s house to check on him, ask him about any dental problems, such as sore gums, cavities, denture issues and other dental-related problems. Take him out to dinner often and try different foods. Does he avoid certain types? Will he go for the soft foods, avoiding hard or crunchy ones?
There are many reasons why your aging loved one’s dental health may be suffering. He could be suffering from arthritis that makes it difficult to take care of his teeth. As his memory fades, he could simply forget everyday dental tasks. Regardless of the reason, you need to know if there are any problems so you can help find a solution.
Whether your loved one has dental problems or not, you must encourage regular visits to the dentist. Your aging loved one needs regular cleanings and treatments to maintain his dental health. If potential dental problems are left untreated, your loved one could be at a higher risk for heart disease, stroke and other health issues. The best medicine is preventative medicine, which is accomplished by regular dental checkups.
Remember – no matter how old your loved gets, he still wants to have a healthy mind, body and spirit. Dental health contributes to overall health, as well as improved self-esteem. Help you elderly loved one to improve and maintain and healthy, happy mouth – it can definitely improve their quality of life.