As we age, the importance of maintaining excellent oral care increases. Not only do our elderly loved ones become more susceptible to gum disease and tooth loss, but keeping regular appointments with their dentist and practicing effective oral care at home becomes more difficult.
Barriers to consistent oral care include:
- Transportation. If your elderly loved one is no longer safe to drive, transportation becomes a barrier for oral health. Not only for transportation to and from the dentist appointments themselves, but also for purchasing the proper hygiene tools for home care.