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Problems Associated with the Elderly and Dentures

Senior Care in Kahala HI

According to the American College of Prosthodontists, tooth loss happens from decay and gum disease and as a result of injury, cancer, or simply wear.  Approximately 25 percent of AmericansSenior-Care-in-Kahala-HI over the age of 60 no longer have their natural teeth. This population often experiences nutritional deficiencies due to difficulty chewing and associated pain. If your parent is facing the need for dentures or has recently acquired them, they may have concerns and unaddressed fears. Here are some facts that can help you ease their fears and acknowledge the benefits.

Getting use to Dentures

Your parent may feel frustrated initially due to discomfort and pain. It takes time for dentures to become comfortable. They may feel loose at first or their gums may be irritated. Suggest they give it two weeks before becoming too disconcerted. Gums require time to get use to dentures and the muscles of the jaw take time to adjust. If there is still discomfort, talk to their doctor. It’s important that they start slowly and increase the time they wear their dentures to ensure success. Taking them out when they sleep gives the gums time to heal and, by soaking the dentures overnight, reduces the possibility of fungal or bacterial infections. Dentists can help ill-fitting dentures by remaking them in order to get a better fit  or inserting implants that stabilize the dentures.

Care of Dentures

Dentures need to be cleaned properly. This entails scrubbing them nightly with a toothbrush specifically designed for dentures and using the appropriate cleanser.  Soak overnight in water or a denture-soaking solution. If a solution is used, be sure to have them rinse prior to replacing their dentures. Rinse dentures after eating and brush the gums and mouth after removing.

Issues Associated with the Elderly

Medications and age can reduce the effectiveness of the saliva gland resulting in a dry mouth. This makes it harder for those with dentures. Taking sips of water throughout the day or promoting saliva by chewing gun can be helpful.

Senior Care Provider

If you are using the services of a senior care provider, or are considering acquiring their help, know that they can help your parent with this transition. They can offer reminders about care and use. They can prepare healthy meals that are helpful when being introduced to dentures such as vegetable soups and omelets. They can provide transportation to dental visits as well as encourage conversation so your parent can get use to speaking with dentures. This will keep them socially engaged, a vital component to their health, and reduce the fear of speaking in public.

Have questions about senior care in Kahala, HI? Contact the caring staff at All Care Hawaii today.  Call Oahu (808) 206-8409 or Maui (808) 664-3853.  Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

 

Resources:

https://www.gotoapro.org/facts-figures/

https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/publications/factsheets/adult_oral_health/adult_older.htm

Jermie Chadwick, CEO

Jermie graduated with her nursing degree from Ateneo De Davao University. Jermie has a compassionate nature, being raised by her Grandparents and Aunt who instilled in her respect for elders, as well as the “golden rule” to help others is priority. Jermie worked for many years with two of the leading Health Care Agencies in Hawaii and received many accolades from both the companies and the clients. During this time she expanded upon her extensive health care training and knowledge, by gaining vast practical experience. Today Jermie’s skills and experience are utilized in her oversight of all aspects of care provided by All Care Hawaii, assuring that the company she founded remains consistently committed to the best care for others and responsive to all client’s needs.