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How Often Should Your Mom See a Dentist?

By Hilary and Greg Eldridge

Experts from the American Dental Association report that many people put off dental care due to the cost. Part of the problem is that programs elderly people rely on, such as Medicaid, do not always offer dental care coverage.


There's a big reason to avoid putting off dental care. Many studies find that oral health and physical health are closely linked due to the mouth's bacteria. Some health conditions, such as diabetes and osteoporosis, may impact oral health, too.

How Often Should Your Mom Go to Her Dentist?

If your mom has a dentist, she should go for a cleaning two times a year. If she doesn't have major issues with her teeth, a yearly visit may be enough. If she has a history of gum disease, is a smoker, or has a health condition like Alzheimer's or diabetes, it may be recommended that she go more often.

If she doesn't have insurance coverage or her coverage is limited, you may need to work with her budget. You can often get discounted dental care by taking your mom to a college that offers dentistry programs. Dental clinics can also help your mom get the dental care she needs.

What Should a Dental Examination Include?

During the dental visit, a full cleaning should be completed. This will include scraping away plaque, flossing between the teeth, and polishing them. Depending on the last time your mom had dental x-rays taken, they may be recommended.

The dentist will look at the x-rays and exam the teeth to look for early signs of cavities, cracks, and gum disease. If problems are found, the dentist will discuss possible repairs or preventative techniques.

On a fixed income, money may be tight. This is a good time for you and your mom to discuss budgets. Her dentist will have advice on what to do if she simply cannot afford to have the work done.

Getting Your Mom to Appointments

If your work schedule makes it hard to get your mom to the dentist, there are other options that will help. Look into the many services caregivers offer. Your mom can have a safe ride to and from her dentist's office. Her caregiver can also help her with grooming and dressing.

This is just a start to the many ways home care can help your mom age at home. Discover all of the possibilities by calling the home care agency nearest you.

Sources:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/a-dental-visit-can-cost-you-but-a-delay-can-hurt-your-teeth-and-budget-even-more/2017/12/01/20bef8e8-c405-11e7-aae0-cb18a8c29c65_story.html?utm_term=.64588ab18cb1

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/dental/art-20047475?pg=2

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