At one time some years ago, most OAPs going into a care home already had dentures.
These days many pensioners still have their own teeth when they enter the care home, but they then don’t seem to keep them for long afterwards.
The sweet food, high-in-sugar medicines and other circumstances result in their teeth deteriorating quickly meaning they require traditional dentures or the now more popular permanent false teeth.
A recent report suggested that a great number of care home residents in Scotland do not receive regular dental care.
A change in care home procedures and more training for staff in caring for their residents’ teeth could go a long way to improving all of this.
Some things that could help change things for the better include:
- ensuring that care homes register all residents with a dentist
- encourage dentists to carry out treatments in care homes