It has been widely known that our health at old ages will drop down, both internal and external. The body systems that obviously get weak includes digestive system, excretion, energy metabolism, nervous system, blood circulation, and so on. As for the external systems that change apparently are wrinkles, gray hair, hearing impairment, day or night blindness, weakened teeth and gums, etc.
The problems of oral health of the elderly mainly concern with decayed teeth as well as root caries,gingivitis, periodontal disease, tooth attrition, running out of saliva, tooth loss, effects of dentures, wounds or oral cancer lesions, and occlusion system. The elderly with these unpleasant oral issues need to see dentists urgently. Care and remedies/solutions of oral health can be implemented as follows:
Tooth and Oral Care:
Brush teeth with a toothbrush of which handle is easy to hold. The body of the toothbrush must be neither too small nor large when compared with mouth. Brushes should be soft, with curved tip. In case the elderly have obstacles about hand muscles, or cannot control their hands to brush teeth as usual, they may turn to electric toothbrushes as labor-saving tools. Hand bands might be adhered to the ends of toothbrushes for more comfortable brushing. The elderly should brush their teeth 2 times a day at least, in the morning and before bedtime. Creamy toothpastes mixed with fluoride should also be applied thoroughly for 2 minutes. Besides, dental flosses, toothpicks, and mouthwashes should be utilized as well for perfect cleanness of oral cavity. By doing so, the elderly do not have to worry about the possibility of having decayed teeth or plaques anymore.
After every meal, the elderly should clean their dentures with soft toothbrushes and soap water before rinsing off with clean water. Do not use any powders to scrub them. Receptacles should be provided underneath while cleaning in order to prevent damages if dentures fall down unintentionally. If there are stains or plaques ingraining into the surfaces of dentures, soak them in denture cleansers or in foaming tablets with water. All stains/plaques and germs will be removed. Above all, do not forget to take off dentures before bed everytime so that gums can rest and relax. In addition, always leave dentures in water while sleeping or when not in use, otherwise, they possibly break or get dry.
Having Healthy Food:
Select protein that is easy to be digested. Consider high-fibered vegetables as well as fruits with no strong tastes. Stop taking soft drinks since they contain acid that causes tooth attrition. Eat on time and at exact time. Do not eat little by little, particularly by bedtime. Have food with soft textures but not too delicate.
Simply pay attention to the 3 aforesaid means, and you will definitely get rid of these oral problems, which worsen quality of your life.