One of the realities of senior care is dentures. As our parents and grandparents grow old, our duties towards them increase and among them, helping them to care of their dentures is often a common necessity. People who are dependent on dentures may even find the activity of eating a daunting task. These dentures require regular cleaning and maintenance, which is often not feasible for a senior member.
In such instances, it is our role and duty to help them. Without proper care, the dentures can be damaged, warped, or broken, which will disturb the loved one’s sense of comfort.
In this article, we share some tips for family members and senior care providers to help senior citizen cope with using dentures.
Cleaning the Dentures
It is essential to keep the dentures neat and clean for 24-hour use. Remember that these dentures are a replacement of original teeth, and it requires the same care as we would give to our teeth. Sometimes senior citizen cannot take care of dentures due to vision issues or problems with mobility. As such, it is the job of the senior care provider or other family members to clean the dentures.
Use a soft towel. Dip the dentures in icy water before cleaning; rinse well. Never dip them in hot water as the dentures might become warped and unsuitable for use. After a couple of minutes, use a soft brush to clean the teeth from plaque deposits and debris.
You can clean with any commercial denture cleaner or even a mild dishwashing soap but never with toothpaste because it is abrasive. Dip in the icy water again, rinse, and dry with the soft towel. Fill a clean bowl with cool water and soak the denture for further use.
Maintaining the Dentures
Despite all the care in cleaning the dentures, it can turn abrasive, be damaged, cause discomfort and become ill-fitted after a certain time. While some seniors will convey the same immediately, some may not be capable of, and therefore, it is our duty to determine if the dentures need replacement.
Pay attention to the eating habits. You can understand that the existing dentures are a cause for discomfort when the senior person starts leaving tougher foods unchewed on the plate. Such cases call for rechecking the fitting of the denture and either replace or re-fit the same. Before placing it for repair, fix an appointment with the Dental Prosthetist for a checkup.
Leave it to the professional to repair the dentures. Avoid DIY repairs; it can cause further harm.
To conclude, senior citizens do need help with dentures. Do help them out.