Elder Care Rafael CA
Care for your elder parent means focusing on the broad scope of their needs. With everything that you need to do to make sure that your elderly parent is living a healthy, safe, and comfortable lifestyle it can be easy to overlook details in favor of seemingly larger issues such as fall risk. One such care detail is their oral health. The truth is that taking care of your parent’s mouth and making sure that it stays as healthy as possible should not be something that you consider minor or that you allow to “slip” while you focus on other issues. Oral health is a major indicator of health throughout the rest of the body, and issues in the mouth can lead to serious problems and complications to other body systems, including the heart, blood, and digestive systems.
June is National Smile Month. During this observance, think beyond just the way that a smile can make you feel to the importance of the health of that smile. Take this as your opportunity to evaluate the way that your parent cares for their mouth and make meaningful changes that can improve this care and support better oral health throughout their later years.
One very important consideration when it comes to taking care of your elder parent’s oral health is whether they are using the proper oral health products. There is a seemingly endless variety of these products available on the market and making sure that you select the right ones for your parent to use can make a tremendous difference in their effectiveness and even in your parent’s willingness to comply with their care.
Some things to keep in mind when determining if your elder parent is using the proper oral health products include:
- Toothbrush. A toothbrush is the foundation for your parent’s oral health care, but not all toothbrushes are created equally. There are many different types of toothbrushes available that address different needs and issues, allowing you to select one that will be beneficial for your aging parent. Ask their dentist about which bristle texture is appropriate for your parent. You want to make sure that it is effective but that it will not cause pain or damage. You should also keep in mind the size of their mouth to ensure the brush you select does its job without being uncomfortable or inefficient.
- Independence. If your elder parent suffers from limitations or challenges that make brushing their own teeth difficult, they may not get the oral care that they really need. Look for brushes, flossers, and other products that are designed to address challenges such as tremors, limited range of motion, and other issues. If you cannot find the proper brush or your parent continues to struggle, the help of a senior care provider can be invaluable to making sure that their mouth is properly cared for throughout their later years
- Flavor. The way that oral health products such as toothpaste and mouthwash taste may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about your parent complying with proper oral health efforts. If they are struggling to care for their mouth, however, it might be something to consider. Especially if your parent suffers from Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, an oral care product that does not taste good to them can make your parent resistant to using it. They may dislike the flavor itself or find that some flavors, such as intense mints, create an unpleasant burning sensation. Look for mild flavors such as fruit or even bubblegum that will make them more willing to brush.