Apr 19, 2018 by Comfort Keepers
We are in the middle of Oral Cancer Awareness month right now, so we thought it was high time we take a look at oral hygiene and oral cancer in particular. We want to take some time to educate our senior citizens, particularly those in need of personal home care. Common dental concerns plague the senior community and spreading tips on how to achieve healthy teeth and gums is pertinent.
It is no secret that pretty much all seniors, and all people in general, face some common dental concerns at one point or another. Very few people on earth have never had a toothache. The dental problems older adults face, however, are a bit different from those younger people deal with. Seniors face problems such as darkened teeth, lost teeth, a diminished sense of taste, dry mouth, gum disease, root decay, uneven jawbones and even oral cancer.
Oral cancer is by far one of the most serious dental concerns. Few people know that it can occur outside of the strict area we consider the mouth. It can occur on the lips and throat, for example, and even the cheeks. There are many symptoms of oral cancer. Seniors can display a wide range of symptoms. Some of them are problems with chewing or swallowing. Seniors can also experience lumps, sores, or irritations on the mouth, lip, or throat, alongside jaw swelling, and white or red mouth patches.
Seniors in personal home care have a much higher chance of maintaining a very high level of dental hygiene. This is because they receive assistance with everything they need to get through the day, so, they can take some time to focus on dental hygiene and not let it fall to the wayside. With personal home care, seniors can receive help with brushing and flossing, which is a top priority. However, in addition to assistance with brushing and flossing, seniors with caregivers also make it to the dentist more often.
Regular checkups at the dentist are incredibly important and can make all the difference when it comes to preventing oral cancer. However, many older adults who no longer drive do not make it to the dentist as much as they should. With personal home care, seniors can get assistance with driving, which makes making appointments much easier. Senior caregivers are there for older adults to help them remember appointments and get there on time.