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Common Denture Problems for Seniors

Dentures can be a wonderful thing for a senior whose natural teeth have failed. They can improve self-esteem and make eating easier and even enjoyable again. However, dentures can come with problems, too. When a senior is receiving home care, it is up to caregivers to help the senior maintain good oral health even with dentures. But, do you know how to identify problems with dentures or how to care for dentures? These subjects are often completely foreign to family caregivers who still have all of their natural teeth.

Denture Problems

When dentures donít fit properly or when they are not cared for, several problems can occur. Some denture problems a senior may encounter are:

  • Difficulty eating.
  • Trouble speaking.
  • Irritated gums and mouth.
  • Problems with dentures moving.

Denture problems can lead to poor eating habits because they make chewing harder and may cause pain. Seniors may opt for foods that are easier to chew, which means they may not eat fresh fruits and vegetables or meat that are more difficult to chew. As a result, they miss out on important nutrients.

Dentures that fit well when they were first received may become ill-fitting later because of changes to bone structure and gums. When this happens, itís important for seniors to see the dentist about having the dentures refitted or replaced. Seniors and caregivers should not try to fix or adjust dentures themselves.

Caring for Dentures

Caring for dentures is important for keeping them looking and working their best. Your seniorís dentist can provide you with more information specific to the type of dentures the senior has, since care instructions can vary by manufacturer. Here are some tips for assisting a senior to care for their dentures:

  • Dentures should be removed and rinsed after eating. This will remove food particles that could irritate gums. Placing a towel on the counter or in the sink will prevent breaking if the dentures are dropped.
  • Brush dentures daily. Soak the seniorís dentures each day and brush them before the senior puts them back in their mouth. Use a non-abrasive dental cleanser and be sure to clean the grooves that fit against the gums to remove any leftover adhesive.
  • Dentures should be soaked overnight. Each night, the seniorís dentures should be soaked at night to remove bacteria. Some types of dentures need to remain moist to retain their shape. Before the senior puts the dentures back in, make sure they are thoroughly rinsed as denture soaking solutions can be harmful if ingested.
  • Clean the seniorís mouth when dentures are removed. The gums, tongue, cheeks, and roof of the mouth should be cleaned to remove bacteria and prevent infection. Use a soft-bristled brush or gauze.

Hiring a home care provider can help family caregivers to keep up with the tasks of properly caring for a seniorís dentures. Home care providers can also watch for signs of problems with dentures that impact the seniorís eating habits.

If †you or an aging family member are considering hiring home care in Islip, NY, please call the caring staff at A Gentle Touch Senior Home and Health Care at†631-647-7622 today.

Sources

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/common-denture-problems#1

http://seniorcarecorner.com/tricks-for-family-caregivers-denture-care

http://www.mayoclinic.org/denture-care/expert-answers/faq-20058375

Pat Ryan

Our primary business is to provide professional senior companion care service and the necessary home care and housekeeping services necessary to keep our loved ones , healthy, safe and happy at home . In addition to the non medical services, we also provide consulting and referral for all medical and hands on care giver services and durable medical equipment through our network affiliates utilizing a best in breed of services approach.

In this way we can ensure the highest quality of care from the best service provider in each category and provide a total solution for most any home care situation. In short, We will only offer the service of experts in senior home services which results in first rate care from tenured industry professionals and completely and totally satisfied customers and grateful seniors and patients of all kinds.

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