Dental Care for the Elderly

  • Bathing & Hygiene Top Tips: Assisting with Dental Care

    The forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best suggestions for helping a senior brush their teeth.

  • Oral Care Tips for Dementia Caregivers

    Poor oral hygiene is common for seniors with dementia, but proper dental care is crucial for maintaining overall health and quality of life. A family caregiver shares his strategies for keeping his wife’s teeth and gums healthy.

  • Oral Care Strategies for Older Adults

    Research makes a strong connection between poor oral health and impaired health overall. Oral care tends to fall by the wayside for seniors, but it should remain a top priority for everyone.

  • A Dentist’s Take on Dentures

    Dentures can help seniors improve their confidence and quality of life. Use these expert tips to ensure dentures fit comfortably and learn how to properly care for a senior’s mouth after tooth loss.

  • Dry Mouth in the Elderly Can Have a Big Impact on Senior Health

    Dry mouth in the elderly is often caused by medications and can have a big impact on a senior's health. Talk to your aging loved ones doctor or dentist about any difficulty or changes in eating, tasting, swallowing, talking or denture retention.

  • Discounts and Free Services for Seniors and Their Caregivers

    With so many older adults living on limited incomes, finding affordable products and services is crucial to making ends meet. Get the inside scoop on freebies and discounts available to you and your aging loved one.

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  • Why Seniors Refuse to Eat and What You Can Do About It

    When an elderly loved one stops eating or only picks at their food during meals, usually our first reaction is to urge them to eat. Instead, consider the underlying reasons for their loss of appetite and how they can be addressed.

  • Dos and Don'ts: Dental Coverage for Seniors

    Seniors are more susceptible to certain oral health problems, like dry mouth, gum disease, and tooth loss, but they are also less likely than ever to have employer-sponsored dental insurance. That means it’s up to you to explore options for covering both routine exams and more specialized dental procedures.

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  • Dementia Makes Even Simple Decisions Difficult for Caregivers

    Charlie has developed serious dental problems, so now I have to decide which treatment he should get. Do I go for the costly surgery that lasts longer or the more affordable option that could break down in a few years?

  • 5 Things Your Teeth Reveal about Your Health

    Taking care of your teeth and gums is about much more than having a healthy mouth and a dazzling smile.

  • Charlie's Brain and His Teeth

    Charlie's latest dementia-fueled obsession: his dental health. He's always asking me to make appointments with the dentist, even though he doesn't need to go.

  • What Do Your Teeth Have to Do With Your Brain?

    Maintaining good dental health is important for you and your loved one. Some studies even say that oral hygiene is linked to brain health.

  • 11 Remedies for Dry Mouth

    Find home remedies and treatment suggestions for dry mouth (xerostomia) in order to avoid serious health consequences like infection, gum disease, and tooth loss.

  • Teeth and Mouth Care for Seniors

    Good oral hygiene is crucial at any age. Use these tips to prevent tooth and gum issues and find affordable dental care.

  • Diabetes and Oral Health

    Diabetes and high blood glucose levels can lead to gum disease and peritonitis. Left untreated, these conditions cause teeth to fall out.

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  • How to Handle Eye Exams, Hearing Tests and Dental Care for Seniors with Dementia

    Dementia caregivers face many obstacles to ensuring their loved ones receive proper eye, hearing and dental care. In the later stages of dementia, it may not be sensible to subject seniors to these routine check-ups unless there is an urgent medical need.

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