Dentures can make a tremendous difference for your aging loved one.
These devices help your parent eat comfortably and better their nutrition, improve their appearance, and aid in speech. In order for your loved one to get the most benefit from them, however, it is critical for your senior to take proper care of their dentures. Improper care can lead to damage to the dentures, bad breath, and infections in the mouth. As their family caregiver, you can help your parent maintain better oral health and reduce the risk of discomfort and other consequences by helping your parent understand and follow through with proper denture care.
Use these tips to help your senior care for their dentures properly:
- Remove and rinse the dentures as soon after eating as possible. This removes acid and debris that can damage their dentures and increase the risk of irritation and infection.
- Encourage your parent to properly and thoroughly clean their mouth after removing their dentures. This protects their gums, reduces risk of irritation and infection, and helps the dentures to stay more comfortable.
- Be sure your parent takes the dentures out of their mouth properly. Removing them improperly can cause the dentures to bend, twist, or warp. This changes their fit and increases the chances of irritation.
- Avoid the use of traditional toothpaste on dentures. These can lead to scratches and other damage to the dentures. These can then harbor food and bacteria, leading to discoloration, odor, and potential for infection or illness.
- Ensure the dentures are soaked each night. This allows for deep cleaning and keeps the dentures moisturized, which helps prevent damage.
It may seem counterintuitive to add care to your parent’s routine in order to support independence, but this is exactly what home care can do for them.
An in-home senior care services provider can offer your parent a wide range of services specifically designed to encourage your parent to fulfill their personal, health and well-being needs while maintaining more autonomy by handling tasks on their own. They can adapt to your senior’s routine, manage aspects of all tasks while allowing your parent to do elements themselves, and taking plenty of time all encourage your parent to feel more confident maintaining more independence as they age in place. This boosts mental and emotional health, increases motivation, and encourages your loved one to enjoy a higher quality of life as they age.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Homecare in Boynton Beach, FL, please contact the caring staff at Alan Homemaker and Companion Services. Call us at (844) 925-2644. We service Palm Beach and Broward Counties in Florida.