How to Tell if Your Aging Loved One Is Having Dental Problems

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If your aging adult is not able to tell you when she’s in pain from dental issues, you’re left to guess. So learning what signs can indicate dental problems is very important for you as a caregiver.

Homecare Lexington OH - How to Tell if Your Aging Loved One Is Having Dental Problems

Homecare Lexington OH – How to Tell if Your Aging Loved One Is Having Dental Problems

She’s Having Trouble Eating

One of the first signs of dental trouble for your elderly family member may likely be that she stops eating the way that she has. There could be other reasons that she’s losing her appetite, but it’s a good idea to start with a dental exam if your senior is not eating right.

She Flinches When Something Touches Her Face or Jaw

If your aging adult starts to flinch or make a grimace when something or someone touches her face, that can be an indication that something is wrong. Often pain in a tooth or a jaw can cause swelling that sends pain into your aging family member’s entire face.

She’s Rubbing or Holding Her Cheek or Jaw

While touching the affected area can cause pain, sometimes your senior may find that rubbing the area can bring a little bit of relief. What that can lead to, however, is that your elderly family member is constantly rubbing her cheek or jaw when the pain becomes constant.

She’s Vocalizing or Restless

Depending on your aging adult’s other health conditions, she may not be able to even rub or protect the area that is causing her pain. In that case, your elderly family member might resort to restless behavior or even vocalizations. This can be disconcerting for you as a caregiver because you may not be sure how to respond to this behavior at all or what is causing it.

She Refuses to Wear Dental Appliances that She’s Worn Before

If your elderly family member has dentures or other dental appliances, she may not wear them if she’s experiencing dental pain. This can be confusing for you if she’s had no trouble with them before and it might seem at first as if your elderly family member is simply feeling contrary that day.

Having experienced elder homecare providers available can help you to spot these problems even more quickly. They’ve spent a lot of time with aging family members, so sometimes the signs are easier for them to spot.

If you are considering Homecare Services in Lexington OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
About the author: Tracy Clark
Tracy began working for Star Multi Care as the Administrator of the Mansfield, Ohio office in March, 2012. In January, 2014 she was relocated to Florida to assume the role as Branch Administrator of the Pembroke Pines and subsequently the Home Health Liaison until coming back to Ohio in June, 2015. Prior to working at Star Multi Care, Tracy attended Marion Technical School for Business Administration and served as a United States Army Medic during Desert Shield. However, her true life’s work was awakened while spending 12 years in the long term care and assisted living arena. She quickly learned that assisting older adults was a passion that could not be denied. Tracy takes pride in being able to meet with each of her clients upon admission. Getting to know each of them enables her to personalize the care they receive and to direct her staff to ensure they receive the highest quality of care. In addition to her role as Home Health Liaison, Tracy has always been active in her community. She has served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board as Secretary, is a Certified Salvation Army National Disaster Responder, one of 1500 Specialists in 50 states to complete Mather LifeWays “PREPARE” training which trains professionals to address the medical and psychosocial needs of elderly residents affected by emergency situations, a member of the Advisory Committee for the Clinical Care Specialist Program at Madison Adult Career Center and is a member of various professional organizations throughout southeast Florida.