Common Oral and Dental Issues in Seniors


Many seniors suffer from oral and dental health problems. It is one of the concerns in home care in Scottsdale, Arizona. We want to warn our seniors before problems get worse. That is why we want them to know about the following oral conditions:

  • Dental cavities or tooth decay

    These are areas of the tooth that have holes in them and are permanently damaged.

  • Gingivitis

    This is the inflammation of the gums caused by the building up of plaques due to poor brushing habits.

  • Periodontitis

    As this problem progresses, the infection can spread to the jaw and bones, which may cause inflammation throughout the entire body.

  • Oral cancers

    These are cancers of the gum, tongue, lips, cheek, hard and soft palate, or the floor of the mouth, often caused by smoking and chewing tobacco.

Because of these diseases, the elderly may not chew and swallow food properly, causing indigestion and malnutrition. The bacteria that cause oral and dental diseases can travel into the bloodstream, causing damage to the heart and brain blood vessels. It may lead to a heart attack or stroke, needing a Caregiver in Arizona to care for the patient.

Oral and dental health is an essential part of our well-being. It’s a life-long commitment, and prevention is better than post-hospitalization Care.

You can seek help from a home care agency when necessary. Our carers at Heritage Home Care can help you maintain proper oral hygiene whether you have these conditions or not.

If a loved one may need hospice care as well, do not hesitate to refer them to us.

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