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Good Oral Hygiene Can Depend on Deliberate Attention: Elder Care Considerations

Elder Care in Sun Lakes AZ

Taking care of one’s oral health is a matter of being purposeful. For today’s elderly generation, they may or may not have gotten in the habit of taking care of their oral health the way they could have or should have during their youthElder Care in Sun Lakes AZ or young adult years, and that could be impacting the condition of their teeth now.

Studies have suggested recently that gum disease may be linked to heart disease. In other words, the overall health and well-being of a person’s mouth, teeth, and gums could potentially have a direct impact on the rest of their physical health.

In order to encourage seniors who are having difficulty maintaining proper oral health to do what’s necessary, whether they still have their original teeth, rely on dentures, or are missing numerous teeth and haven’t been to a dentist in years, it’s important to get to the root cause of any challenges they are facing at the time.

Some potential reasons for poor oral hygiene.

Some people will exhibit good oral hygiene out of a sense of fear. Fear of the dentist, pain, and other work being done to their mouth can cause people to avoid even brushing their teeth or going to the dentist in the first place.

Some people would prefer to deal with minor numbness, the loss of a few teeth here and there, or other issues rather than going to the dentist where they believe it will mean nothing but extreme pain and discomfort for an extended period of time.

Educate the senior about various pain remedies including localized or complete anesthesia. Anesthetic dentistry is more commonplace today and can provide comfort to the senior who has difficulty even thinking about a visit to the dentist.

Basic oral care should only take a few minutes a couple of times a day. If the senior feels that brushing his or her teeth, removing dentures to clean them thoroughly, and other practices are simply too much trouble to be worth it, discuss the prospect of heart disease and gum disease. When bacteria, germs, and other foreign contaminants get into swollen, unhealthy gums, it can be a fast track to the heart and other organs in the body, thus causing increased risk factors for a variety of conditions.

The more an elder care client knows about proper oral hygiene, the more likely he or she will be willing to take steps towards improvement.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring elder care services in Sun Lakes, AZ, please contact the caring staff at About You Home Care (480) 351-4473. Servicing Phoenix and the surrounding communities.

Debbie McLay

Founder and CEO at About You Home Care
Debbie McLay has had a ten year career working as a Behavioral Health Technician providing Direct Care to youth and adults with behavioral challenges, including substance abuse, eating disorders, domestic violence, and mental illness. For her exceptional work in this area Debbie was nominated for Subcontractor Employee of the Year by Value Options, an organization contracted to manage the mental health system in Maricopa County, and her client was nominated for the Most Successful Client of the Year. Debbie’s entrepreneurial endeavors began twelve years ago when she owned a successful retail business in a busy mall.

Debbie experienced firsthand in her own family the challenges that caregiver’s endure when caring for an aging loved one and saw a need for providers who adhere to a higher standard with exceptional service and individualized care that she herself provided in her behavioral health career. Debbie combined her background in healthcare with her entrepreneurial experience and founded About You Home Care with a vision of serving others who were faced with the struggles that her family had experienced. She’s also a strong believer in community service and does volunteer work for Duet, a nonprofit organization that provides aid for older adults and their families that face the difficult challenges associated with aging. Debbie has been on the fundraising event Steering Committee since 2011 and served as the event chair for two of those years.

Debbie did her Undergraduate studies in Psychology and Behavioral Science with Honors and pursued additional education in Chemical Dependency Counseling.