Dental Care Tips for Older Adults

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Dental Care Tips for Older Adults

The elderly are more susceptible to a number of dental issues including – dry mouth, root decay,  and gum disease. Dental diseases have also been linked to several other health issues, including heart disease, respiratory infections, and mental health disorders. Elderly people should, therefore, take extra care when looking after their oral hygiene. By taking care of your dental health as you age, you can maintain healthy teeth and gums into your senior years.Here are five dental tips you should follow to keep your teeth looking their best. Here are some dental care tips to follow.

Maintain a good dental routine

The most important way to keep teeth looking their best as you get older is by maintaining a good dental routine. Make sure to brush twice a day, flossing once a day, and using mouthwash to rinse. Elderly people are more prone to developing bacteria in their mouth, so it is best to switch to an antibacterial mouthwash to help get rid of any plaque or bacteria left after brushing. You should also continue to attend regular visits with your dentist so they can check the overall health of your teeth and gums. If you ask your dentist, they will be able to provide you with helpful dental care advice on how to improve your oral health as you get older.

Switch to an electric toothbrush

Many people struggle to clean their teeth effectively with a manual toothbrush as they get older. Switching to an electric toothbrush will assist you when brushing your teeth and help you maintain a good oral hygiene routine. Electric toothbrushes are especially useful for elderly people with limited movement or conditions such as arthritis. An electric brush does most of the physical work to ensure that your teeth get a proper clean every time. It is always worth investing in quality dental products to ensure that your teeth are getting a proper clean. Click here to take a look at a wide selection of quality dental products.

Clean dentures daily

If you have dentures, then it’s important to clean them daily just as you would your natural teeth. The only difference between dentures and natural teeth is dentures cannot be cleaned with regular toothpaste. You, therefore, need to use a formula specifically designed for dentures. Wearing removable dentures constantly can irritate the gums, so it’s essential to have breaks from wearing them, for example, by taking them out while you sleep. Always keep your dentures in water or denture solution when you take them out, to prevent them from drying.

Check for side effects from medication

As people get older, they tend to require more frequent medication. Some common medications taken by the elderly can cause dental side effects such as dry mouth, which can lead to a buildup of plaque and bacteria. This can result in tooth cavities and dental issues like gum disease. So when you start taking a new medication, make sure to keep a close eye on your dental health. Check for any changes, and contact your dentist straight away if you start to notice any issues.

Follow these dental care tips to assure overall health and wellbeing.

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Shaun is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

Shaun is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit. He is an angel investor, seasoned business executive and techpreneur. He has deep insights into the new digital technologies and how they can be leveraged to benefit us in our daily lives. He is the Founder CEO of Sentech Ventures, a company that leverages voice first technologies like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant to help seniors “Age in Place”.  He is also an Investor & Chief Business Officer for Technosphere an Internet of Things company that works on innovative electronic products  and solutions.  Prior to this for over two decades Shaun has worked with various technology companies in business management roles. Shaun earned his undergraduate in Engg. from National Institute of Technology in India and his MBA from Scott School of Business in Indiana. He lives in Dallas with his wife and daughter.

caregiver smile summitHis topic on the caregiver smile summit is: Using Smart Speakers to Make Your Life Easier as a Caregiver and for your Elders

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Aamod is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

We are pleased to welcome Aamod Wagh Salomon to the Caregiver Smile Summit.

Aamond is the Founder and CEO of TigerTech Smart Living – a startup with a vision to leverage todays technologies that intersect IoT, Healthcare, wearables, and smart homes to bring the Future of Smart, Safe and Healthy Living to the masses and to our senior citizens. He has over 30 years of global industry experience having worked with various multi-national companies across Asia, Europe and the US.

TigerTech was born with a mission to bring the highest level of intelligence into wireless & wearable IoT products to make your daily life safer, healthier, smarter and more secure. We strive to improve your life by developing products that are simple to install, easy to use, elegantly designed, affordable, work well under any conditions, and can protect you and your family on a 24×7 basis using mobile devices. The Products integrate the latest functionalities in wearable healthcare sensors, smart living technologies and the endless opportunities provided by the Internet of Things to help people to feel safe, secure and be far more confident in going about their daily lives.

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Kate is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

We are pleased to welcome Kate Schutt to the Caregiver Smile Summit.

Kate is an award-winning songwriter, singer, guitarist, and producer whose voice NPR calls “glassily clear and glossily sweet.” Kate studied the influence of jazz on poetry at Harvard, and studied jazz guitar at Berklee College of Music. Working with legendary producer/arranger Rob Mounsey, Kate just finished recording her new album, Bright Nowhere. It maps the landscape of loss around her mother’s diagnosis and death from ovarian cancer. Kate spent four years as her mom’s primary caregiver, along the way writing songs about life, loss, and (to use Christopher Hitchens’s potent phrase) “living dyingly.” Known for her authenticity and deep connection to her fans, Kate’s been blogging about this life/death experience from the start.

Kate’s songs have won top honors from the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and ASCAP. After nearly a decade living and making music in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, she now calls New York City home. The talk, “A Grief Casserole – How to help your friends & family through loss,” was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

caregiver smile summitHer topic on the caregiver smile summit is: A Grief Casserole: How to help your friends and family through loss

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Mollie Lacher is Participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

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Molly is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

We are pleased to welcome Mollie Lacher to the Caregiver Smile Summit.

Mollie Lacher is a Tennessee native with an undergrad degree from the University of Tennessee and graduate degree from Vanderbilt University. Mollie has worked in project management for the majority of her career and most recently was project manager at Bridgestone focusing on their new HQ building in downtown Nashville. After the unexpected passing of her brother-in-law, Mollie felt a calling to start a business that helped other families like her’s navigate all of the to-do’s after losing a loved one, and thus, Sunny Care Services was born. Sunny Care Services brings planning, project management, and concierge services to families who have lost a loved one so that families can focus on healing and finding a new normal without being burdened by the tactical and administrative tasks that come with closing out a loved one’s life.

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