Does your dad floss his teeth correctly? Has his dentist said he needs to do a better job after discovering some oral health issues? When he has arthritis affecting his finger joints, flossing is hard. There are a few ways to ensure he’s flossing correctly, and how home care can help.
Purchase Floss Picks or a Floss Aid
Instead of floss, purchase floss picks for your dad to use. They have an extended handle that allows him to hold the pick outside of his mouth while using the flossing head.
A flossing aid may be better for him. Many companies make them, so they’re easy to find. Look for an aid that has an ergonomically rounded handle like a toothbrush. Feed a piece of floss through the head and use that to floss the teeth.
Rinse Before Brushing and Flossing
Some oral rinses contain ingredients that help break up plaque. Your dad can use these products to make it easier for him to remove plaque when he brushes and flosses.
When he’s done brushing, an oral rinse that contains fluoride is important. He should rinse as directed, whether it’s 30 seconds or a full minute.
Invest in a Water Flosser
Purchase a water flossing. It’s not meant to replace flossing, but it helps with some of the stuck-on foods. Your dad should use the water flosser before brushing to remove some plaque and food.
He should ask his dentist if an additive can be added to the water in the tank. Some dentists recommend adding a little mouthwash or hydrogen peroxide to help kill bacteria while the water sprays along the gum line. His dentist may have him use mouthwash instead of water in the water flosser.
See a Dentist Regularly
Your dad should see his dentist at least once a year. Most insurance plans cover two yearly visits, but others cover up to four. If your dad’s dentist recommends four yearly visits, make sure he goes.
During this visit, the tartar is removed by the hygienist. That helps prevent gum disease and cavities. He can also ask about other ways to floss his teeth when arthritis pain makes it hard.
Hire Home Care to Help Your Dad With Oral Care
Home care services cover a great range, and one of the options is oral care. Hire caregivers to help your dad brush his teeth, floss, and keep stocked with toothbrushes, floss, toothpaste, and mouthwash. Home care aides are also happy to schedule his dental appointments and drive him to and from his dentist’s office. Call to learn more.
If you or an aging loved one is considering home care in South Riding, VA, please contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands today. (703) 782-3655
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