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Rewinding the Years: Dental Care Tips for Older Adults


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Rewinding the Years: Dental Care Tips for Older Adults

Once my children were grown and on their own, I decided it was time to care of me. One of the first things I did was make an appointment with the dentist. I quickly discovered that years of not keeping up with my own dental care had taken a heavy toll on my teeth. Whereas I thought my teeth were just fine, the dentist pointed out several problems that were going to require a lot of work. When talking to friends, I found out that many of them were in the same boat. This blog is for people like me who just did not have time to keep up with their own dental care.

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Preparation Tips For Your Upcoming Dental Implant Procedure

If your dental implants will be installed soon and you want to prepare for the recovery period, then these tips will help you do so:

Preparation Tip: Purchase a Soft Toothbrush and Water Flosser

Your new dental implants will need to be cleaned each day just like your natural teeth. The tools necessary to do so are a soft toothbrush and a water flosser. The soft toothbrush will be gentle on your sore gums, and the water flosser is necessary to remove food that is stuck between the implant and other teeth or around the base of the implant.

Preparation Tip: Stock Up on Foods You Can Eat Post-Surgery

In the days and weeks following the installation of your new dental implants, you will need to eat a special diet. You should avoid any foods heavy in sugar, foods with lots of acids, or those that are sticky or crunchy to chew.

To prepare ahead of time for your recovery period, visit the grocery store and stock up on things you will be able to eat and drink post-surgery. Some good options include:

  • soup
  • mashed potatoes
  • yogurt
  • pudding
  • pancakes
  • pasta

Also, ice cream is not only tasty, but it can also help alleviate your pain. Stick to a natural brand without a lot of sugar.

Preparation Tip: Purchase or Make Some Ice Packs for After Your Procedure

One of the best things you can use to alleviate pain after your procedure is an ice pack. Placing an ice pack wrapped in a towel on your cheek and jaw is a safe and quick way to help with any pain your pain medication isn't taking care of.

To prepare for your upcoming surgery, you should either purchase some blue ice packs or make up some of your own by placing water and a bit of isopropyl alcohol in zip lock bags. Put all of the ice packs in the freezer to ensure they are nice and frozen when needed.

Preparation Tip: Arrange for Transportation on the Day of Your Dental Implant Surgery

Finally, when the day arrives to have your new dental implants installed, you will receive a significant amount of medication to ensure you don't feel any pain or discomfort. For this reason, you will need to have someone available to give you a ride home. When preparing for your upcoming implant surgery, it's important you arrange for reliable transportation.