In many ways, the long-term care environment is a perfect one. Seniors with compromised cognitive or physical abilities have a setting that is safe, populated with caring staff, meals and the companionship of like-minded residents. While we would like to believe that the long-term care facility has everything necessary for a happy, serene and protected life, the area most often overlooked is that of routine oral care. For the most part, this is a correct analysis. The only p
As a patient, family member or caregiver, you have just received the sad diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. After you understand the symptoms, treatments and prognosis, you may remain confident that you can and should take an active part in developing a positive and productive part in minimizing its effects on your family. Consider the entire diagnosis and treatment process a journey rather than a destination. No matter what your role in this journey, the first step will be to
Oral health education is valuable for seniors, their caregivers, and for people with barriers to accessing traditional dental care services. Understanding the risks for neglecting your oral hygiene can put things into perspective. Seniors with poor oral health are in a higher risk-category for stroke, heart attack and aspiration pneumonia. This educational presentation outlines some insightful facts and helpful home dental care tips for seniors and people with disabilities. A
You’ve reached a turning point in your life and are about to complete your final denture fitting. If you’re hoping to walk out of your dental provider’s office with shiny new dentures and bite into that beautiful red apple, perhaps some clarification is in order. To begin, dentures are not the same as your natural teeth. Whether you have been without those teeth for ten days or ten years, your dentures will not feel the way that those teeth did. Let’s talk about pain first.
We have all had dry mouth at one time or another. Maybe it occurred when we had to stand up and speak to a group of people. Or maybe it was accompanied by thirst that simply couldn’t be quenched. Here are some of the questions that you can ask yourself to determine whether or not you truly suffer from dry mouth: Do you have difficulty with swallowing or speaking? Does you tongue often feel like shoe leather? Do you constantly sip liquids in order to swallow foods? Does it s