It’s quite common for elderly adults to get full or partial dentures, when their dentist feels it is time. However, dentures do take a lot of getting used to, from eating and speaking to caring for them. Seniors who rely on family caregivers or elderly care providers for self-care tasks like bathing, dressing, and grooming need to add denture care to their list.
For family caregivers and elderly adults who are new to denture care, they can ask the dentist for some helpful tips. Their elderly care provider should also be able to share some tips and guidelines with everyone on what to eat and how to clean the dentures in the first few weeks.
Here are some frequently asked questions on dental care for elderly adults and family caregivers who are new to it all:
Q: Shouldn’t dentures just be treated like teeth?
A: Although dentures are false teeth, they are not much like real teeth when it comes to care. For example, while toothpaste works wonders on real teeth, it can damage the dentures and is considered too abrasive. While dentures do need cleaning, seniors should go about it differently.
Q: What’s the proper way to clean dentures?
A: The proper way to clean dentures is by scrubbing them with a soft-bristle brush and a liquid denture cleaner. When they are not being used, they should be stored in a denture container or glass submerged in denture cleaner. If they are left out to dry, they can distort and even crack.
Q: Will dentures change what people eat?
A: In the short term, dentures can affect what people eat. For the first four or five days, dentists recommend that elderly adults have a liquid diet. The elderly care provider should prepare foods like smoothies, soup broth, applesauce, pudding, and other similar things. For a few more weeks, seniors can chew soft foods only. After about a month, with the approval of the dentist, the elderly adults should be able to handle most foods.
Q: Are any foods off limits with dentures?
A: There are some foods that will cause problems for denture wearers, such as pain or discomfort. Other foods may crack or break the dentures. These include nuts, peanut butter, sticky candy, foods with small seeds and extremely hot beverages.
Q: What if the dentures hurt the elderly adult?
A: If the elderly adult has just recently gotten the dentures, it may take as much as four to six weeks before their gums are no longer sore, and they are able to chew. If they experience increasing and persistent pain or show signs of infection in the mouth, the elderly care provider should make an appointment with the dentist and see that the aging adult gets there for a checkup.
Having dentures can seem like a big lifestyle change for elderly adults, but really it helps them speak and eat better than ever. With the support of family, friends and elderly care providers, seniors can be happy and healthy with their new dentures.
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Having worked in all areas of home care, Dr. Lucy has a well-rounded perspective of the challenges facing patients, families and the home care industry, and as a provider she advocates for patients through the maze of health care services. Dr. Lucy celebrated over 37 years as a nurse and patient advocate.
Dr. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary's University, Moraga, California. Dr. Lucy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice awarded in 2016, graduating with Distinction and a 4.0 GPA.
She did her doctoral work on the global dementia crisis, aging and prevention strategies for healthy living. Developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease plans for aging patients leaving the hospital setting or entering long-term care or home health and hospice environments. She also developed a specialized program for those at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
In 1992, Dr. Lucy was designated CAHSAH Certified Home Care Administrator in the inaugural offering of this designation through the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).
She is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Home Care Consulting Services and At Your Service Nursing & Home Care, a concierge nursing & home care agency that provides the services she believes are essential for seniors to age in place.She offers a higher level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.
Dr. Lucy is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and sits on the Board of Directors for California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).
She has served on the boards for both state and national board associations, and is currently on the following boards and committees: Board of Directors, California State Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), 2002-present, National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC's) Private Duty Home Care Association Director, and multiple state and national home care committees.
Dr. Lucy goes to Washington, DC, several times a year to advocate for senior services and home care issues. She was past Commissioner for the Sonoma Commission on Human Rights.She is past chair of the local Senior Advocacy Services.
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