Ways of Helping the Elderly Keep Their Mouths Clean
Posted on 12/20/2019 by Louis McDonald, D.D.S.
There are many areas of oral care that can be affected in the elderly. Taking care to protect your mouth while wearing dentures is just one part of your oral care routine.
Knowing how to clean your dentures is one step in the right direction. Knowing some of the other areas to be aware of problems you can experience will help you maintain good oral health for a lifetime.
Oral Signs to Look Out For Wearing Dentures
Dry mouth is one of the symptoms that can eventually yield some major problems. If you are consistently experiencing it, it can usually be traced to a change in medication or dehydration. Staying hydrated allows you to keep bacteria from forming in your mouth and dentures and helps avoid gum disease.
Be wary of any signs of gum disease. Poor fitting dentures, anemia, cancers, and diabetes can contribute to this problem. Denture induced stomatitis results from either poor care of oral health or from a denture that doesn't sit right. It can be spotted by a buildup of fungus which inflames the tissue under the denture.
Oral Care with Dentures
Oral care when you wear a denture is similar to when you had your original teeth. Always remove the denture or partial each night. Wearing it all the time will cause gum tissues to start to break down if they don't have a break. Soak your dentures with a cleaning agent of your choice.
This with clean bacteria overnight. If you wear partials, brush your remaining teeth. If you do not, you can wipe your gums with a moist cloth. Always follow up by using some non-alcohol-based mouthwash. This will freshen up any bad breath that is lingering as well as kill bacteria.
By caring for your dentures properly each day, you protect your mouth from gum diseases and ensure you retain good oral health for the long term. If you have questions or for more information. Call us today, we are happy to assist in your oral health care.