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Tips for Creating a Successful Oral Health Approach for Your Aging Loved One

Elder Care in Madison FL

Good oral health is one of the most important elements of keeping your aging parent safe and healthy throughout their later years. As a family caregiver you know that it is vital that your parent take care of their mouth to prevent issues such as tooth loss, gum disease, infections, cardiovascular health problems, kidney and liver problems, digestive issues, and more. Creating a successful oral health approach for your aging loved one is an extremely important part of keeping their body healthy and giving them the quality of life that they deserve as they age in place.


Use these tips to help you create a successful oral health approach for your aging loved one:

  • Start with the basics. Every oral health care approach should include the most basic of practices, including brushing their teeth and flossing. Talk to your parent’s dentist about proper techniques for these practices as pertain specifically to your loved one. This can be particularly important if your parent has mobility problems, arthritis, or other issues that might require modification for safe and effective application.
  • Know their risks. Your parent might have specific oral health risks depending on their other health concerns. Talk to their dentist about any additional risks that they might have and how your parent should address them effectively.
  • Create a routine. Routine and predictability are extremely valuable when it comes to caring for an elderly adult. These help your parent to feel in control and secure, knowing what is coming and how they can participate properly. This also helps to ensure that each step is handled effectively and in the correct order. Routines can also help with other elements of the day, such as getting your parent awake and motivated, or calming them down and readying them for sleep. Create an oral health routine that involves brushing, flossing, and rinsing at least twice a day. They should also know to rinse and brush after eating or drinking specific thing, such as sugary, acidic, or sticky products.


Starting elder care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you can make for them during the course of your caregiver journey with them. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging loved one on a fully customized schedule to ensure that they get all of the care, support, encouragement, and assistance that they need while also maintaining their independence and activity for a quality of life that they desire and deserve. When it comes to helping them stay healthy, an elder care provider can be an invaluable addition to your parent’s life. By helping them to understand their health needs and creating a routine with them, this care provider can support your loved one in following through with the hygiene needs that they have on a regular basis. This will keep their body safer and healthier so that they can enjoy a higher quality of life as they age in place. Establishing and maintaining an oral health routine with your aging parent can make a tremendous difference in your loved one’s ability to achieve and maintain better oral health, and health throughout their body, as they age in place. They can then take the time that your parent needs to get through this routine each day so that your parent can have confidence and independence caring for themselves.


If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Madison, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.


Jami D. Eddy

Jami Eddy is the Administrator and an owner of Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. She graduated from Florida State University in 2005 with a major in criminology and a minor in psychology. Jami has been with Hopewell for more than 10 years and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business.