Everyone needs to be able to have access to dental hygiene care
How does aging or disability affect oral care?
- Oral health is a significant factor affecting quality of life, overall health, and wellbeing. Tooth loss, tooth decay, gum disease, dry mouth, and oral cancers are commonly experienced.
- Individuals can lack the dexterity to brush their own teeth thoroughly.
- Dental hygienists visiting the home on a routine basis can significantly reduce bacteria forming on teeth called plaque.
- Plaque is bacteria that causes cavities, broken teeth, pain, and infections.
- Poor oral health can increase frequency and severity of rheumatoid arthritis flare-ups
- Plaque inhaled when coughing can cause pneumonia.
- Diabetes becoming out of control
- All of this affects eating, drinking, and overall health and wellbeing.
- If a higher level of care is required we can refer to a local dentist.
Daily Oral Care Is Essential for People With and Without Teeth
Daily oral care removes food debris and bacteria that grow every day on gums, lips, dentures, and teeth, helping to prevent oral diseases. Signs of a dental problem:
- Red or bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Loose, broken or discoloured teeth
- Ill-fitting, broken or chipped dentures
- Mouth pain or sores that do not heal
- Difficulty eating
- Changes in behaviour
Our Registered Dental Hygienist will Monitor Oral Health at Every Visit
- ensure that a clear oral care plan as part of daily personal care
- explain treatment options to the client or substitute decision maker
- establish a treatment plan based on individualized needs
- report oral health concerns promptly
We also show care providers how to carry out oral hygiene care competently and comfortably