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Oral Hygiene and Senior Home Safety

Senior Home Safety in Grapevine, TX


Did you know that oral hygiene can affect the safety of a senior living at home? With all the other hazards around the home that could potentially cause serious injuries to your elderly loved one, the thought of oral hygiene having an impact on senior home safety probably never crossed your mind and if it did, it most likely got pushed to the bottom of the list of things to worry about.

What is oral hygiene?

Oral hygiene is the necessary practice of cleaning your teeth and mouth clean on a daily basis. This involves brushing your teeth after every meal or at least twice a day, once in the morning and again before bed. After brushing, dentists recommend flossing and rinsing with mouthwash.

Keeping up with your oral hygiene prevents problems such as cavities, bad breath, gingivitis, and other forms of gum disease.

What does oral hygiene have to do with senior home safety?

Maybe you don’t see the fact that your elderly loved one doesn’t maintain good oral hygiene habits as a problem but in fact it very well could lead to serious health issues. Most people are aware that poor oral care can lead to cavities but most people aren’t aware of the more serious issues that can arise from not taking care of your teeth properly.

What serious health issues could your loved one be facing because of poor oral hygiene?

1. Heart (cardiovascular) disease.

Yes, heart disease is a very serious condition that can stem from poor oral hygiene. When you don’t take the proper steps to keep the teeth and mouth clean, you increase the risk of developing gum disease.

There are different stages of gum disease. During the more advanced stages, bacteria from the inflammation of the gums can enter the bloodstream and travel to the heart. This in turn causes the arteries to harden. Plaque develops on the inner walls of the arteries and blocks blood flow. This increases the risk of a stroke or heart attack.

2. Complications for diabetics.

Inflammation and gum disease make it harder for diabetics to control their blood sugar.

3. Respiratory infections.

Gum disease could cause infections in the lungs and this could result in the senior developing pneumonia.

4. Dementia.

Bacteria can enter the brain through the bloodstream or nerve channels in the head that might lead to Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia.

So while maintaining good oral hygiene doesn’t seem like a direct threat to senior home safety compared to a slip and fall accident, for example, it very well can have a serious repercussions to their overall health and well-being.

If you or an aging adult are considering home care in Grapevine, TX, please call the caring staff at Seniors Helping Seniors today (817) 953-2488.

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Joy Parrish

Joy is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and has been in the Long Term Care business for over 28 years. The past 16 years has been focused in the sales-sales management/marketing of the ancillary service area.
Joy has 2 grown daughters. The oldest one lives in Denver. The youngest is in the DFW Metroplex.
Joy has lived in the DFW Metroplex area for over 27 years. She enjoys spending time with her daughters, gardening and reading.

Joy Parrish was the featured guest on Apostle Radio’s talk show, “Women Mentoring Women” with Chary Horton. The show was broadcast over the internet at 1:00 pm on Monday, July 2, 2012.

Joy was very excited about the opportunity to participate in Chary’s program. Duration of the show is approximately 12 minutes.

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