According to the Washington Dental Service Foundation, approximately 75 percent of those who are over the age of 60 living in the United States have lost most of their teeth.
Periodontal, gum disease, and oral infections are the leading causes of poor oral health for seniors and can all be avoided when using preventative treatment solutions.
Oral Care for Seniors
Neglecting to take proper care of your teeth doesn’t only lead to poor oral health, but it also increases your chances for suffering from heart disease and/or diabetes.
If you have an aging family member or loved one who is considering moving into an independent living community, consider the following information and call us to learn more about how the staff promotes positive health and wellness.
Eat Nutritious Foods
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, eating a well-rounded diet of lean protein, fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, and whole grains provides nutrients that are necessary for supporting oral health.
Calcium dense foods, such as fat-free milk, almonds and salmon, are great for teeth, as they encourage strong bones. If possible, try promoting these types of healthy foods to your loved ones over others that are high in carbohydrates and sugar.
Limit Alcohol Intake
According to the Dental Health Foundation, seniors who consume alcohol are six times more likely to develop oral cancer than those that abstain from drinking altogether. Because it is full of sugar, drinking an overabundance of alcohol can lead to cavities and general tooth damage.
The U.S. Centers for Disease and Control Prevention reports that senior tobacco users are seven times more likely to develop periodontal disease than seniors who don’t smoke. It can also heighten their risk for oral fungal infections, as well as oral and throat cancers.
Brush and Floss Daily
Brushing and flossing twice daily can help your loved one decrease their risk of developing serious oral conditions. If your parent(s) finds it difficult to grip and brush thoroughly with a standard toothbrush, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research suggests investing in an electric one.
Flossing may not be as essential as it was once thought, according to The New York Times, but it still cleans where the toothbrush is unable to reach. If it’s a task that’s cumbersome for your loved one, buy them a water flosser or lend a helping hand.
Visit the Dentist Annually
To help your parent be proactive about oral care, setup an appointment for him or her to visit a dentist. Professional, regular teeth cleanings can take care of what brushing and flossing can’t. Regular visits to the dentist can also identify issues that could potentially cause a significant amount of pain for your parent. Do your best to assist him or her with their dental visits at least once a year.
Learn More About Hearthstone and How We Promotes Positive Health!
The staff at Hearthstone Senior Living strives to maintain an environment that promotes overall positive health and wellness; supporting our members ability to enjoy a meaningful experience with us.
Our facilities in Beaverton and Murrayhill are locally owned and managed, which provides a greater sense of community for our residents, as well as accountability when it comes to providing resources that support positive health.
Every one of our residents has immediate access to staff members who are trained at providing health support, as well as a registered nurse who remains on site and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Our primary goal is to serve each individual resident and their families with love, respect, and integrity at all times.
12520 SW Hart Road
Beaverton, OR 97008
10880 SW Davies Rd
Beaverton, OR 97008