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A Caregivers Guide to Dental Health

A Caregivers Guide to

Dental Health

Though many of us never saw this coming, we are now the caregivers for our loved ones.

The information below can help caregivers be aware of how important healthy mouths and teeth are as we age. 

AND how challenging it can be to stay ahead of possible infection and other serious issues.  

There are over 44 million family caregivers in the United States.  Caregiving can be a difficult, exhausting job.  Keeping your loved one’s mouth and teeth healthy is not only important for their dental health but also for their overall health and more.  The mouth and teeth can be the gateway for serious health issues and must be cared for and maintained to insure a healthy body. 

 

Keeping the mouth and teeth clean can prevent pain in your teeth and infection that can lead to other serious issues.

There are times and ages when adults need extra help to make sure daily care is happening. 

Memory loss is a huge issue with dementia often masking what the needs really are. 

The ability to hold a toothbrush can be lost with arthritis and other physical issues.  

Brush teeth twice a day for two minutes 

Clean between teeth daily with floss or other cleaner.

Rinse dentures after each meal

Brush them daily with denture cleaner

Take dentures out at night

Eat and drink healthy, avoiding sugary drinks and snacks.

Watch for symptoms that could signal larger issues.

While still mobile,  take loved one 😀  to the dentist for checkups.

Be Picky if it’s Sticky

CNN (10/26, LaMotte) includes candy in its list of “health hazards of Halloween,” noting the American Dental Association says to “be picky if it’s sticky.” The article explains that caramels, gummies, taffy, and other sticky candies cling to teeth longer, contributing to cavities. Hard candies also pose risks since they tend to stay in the mouth longer, contributing to dental decay, and they may also break teeth. Chocolate is a better choice since it washes off teeth more easily. In addition to maintaining proper oral hygiene practices, CNN encourages eating Halloween candy just after meals, noting “saliva production increases during meals and helps rinse away food particles and bacteria, the ADA says.”

        In addition, CBS News (10/26, Gibson) suggests trick-or-treaters “stick with chocolate, which washes off teeth easily and quickly, according to the American Dental Association.”

Remember “Be Picky if it’s Sticky”

The Flavor Trap

The “CURE ALL” Apple Cider Vinegar Craze

According to Readers Digest and other sources,

Apple Cider Vinegar 

has been praised as having all sorts of medicinal benefits but

it has one very definite negative side effect.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR CAN ERODE THE ENAMEL ON YOUR TEETH

MUCH LIKE FRUIT JUICES AND SODA.     

Be aware and RINSE after you consume apple cider vinegar to keep your teeth healthy and strong.

Back to School Check-ups

 

August is a time when parents and children make sure they check off their readiness list for heading back to school.  Besides a backpack of supplies and booster shots think about

the importance of a dental check up to help fight the most common chronic school-age disease, cavities. 

Prevention and early detection

can help avoid pain, trouble eating, difficulty speaking and school absences. 

Planning ahead is important so think about making that back to school appointment in the spring to avoid the rush. 

Parents can help their children get a “cavity-free” check up, by encouraging children to brush 2xday for 2 minutes and floss once a day. 

There are appropriate Dental Habits for each age.  Check out mouthyhealthy.org to find what is best for your child’s age.

Remember when scheduling your child’s dental appointment that timing is everything.  Pick an appointment time that fits your child’s schedule and helps them experience a successful check-up.

Remember to leave your own anxiety at the door.  Role model a healthy attitude towards the professional who will be taking care of their teeth. 

If your child falls apart, keep your cool.  Work with the dental team to help your child get through this situation in a positive manner.

All this adds up to a life long, positive attitude towards your child’s ORAL HEALTH

 

Fatal Overdoses from Synthetic Opioids Surpass Prescription Opioid Deaths

A recent article in the Los Angeles Times reports that according to research from the National Vital Statistics System “overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids like illicit fentanyl have surpassed deaths involving prescription opioids” since 2016.   Study co-author Emily Einstein, a health science policy analyst at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, said   We have been focused on the threat of prescription opioid overdose deaths, and this paper shows us that we need to remain vigilant about the ever shifting nature of the crisis.

Dr. Wilson Compton warned, 
We are seeing fentanyl being included in cocaine, we are seeing it included in methamphetamine, we are seeing it included in many classes of drugs sold on the street”  in fake pills and powders

CNN says a new report,also found that nearly 80% of deaths involving synthetic opioids also involved other drugs, including other opioids, cocaine, benzodiazepines, alcohol, and antidepressants, “suggesting ” either intentional drug mixing or contamination of other drugs with fentanyl.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that has a history and needs to be understood.  Great information is available at drugabuse.com

Oral Cancer Cause

 

Oral Cancer Cause is an interesting nonprofit which may be helpful to those in need.

The video below demonstrates an actual oral cancer screening and helps you understand what to expect.

oralcancercause.org

 
The Mission of Oral Cancer Cause, Inc is to improve the quality of life for oral cancer patients through financial support so that they may face the world with peace and dignity during and after medical treatment.

“Right to Try” What is it?

“I’m the ideal person to support “Right to Try”.  But I can’t- its a disaster in the making.”

Michael D. Becker, Oral Cancer Patient