Sonya Dunbar Journals

The Link Between Tooth Loss and Dementia

A healthy mouth with a full set of teeth will keep seniors sharp and healthy.

A mouth with missing teeth, on the other hand, can threaten the mental health of seniors.

A study by researchers from NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing found that adults with more tooth loss had 1.48 more risk of developing cognitive impairment and 1.28 risk of being diagnosed with dementia.

Elderly Dental Care

Caring For Reluctant Seniors: Beyond the Basics

After the COVID-19 lockdown, I went back into long-term care facilities to provide hands-on care for the residents. The residents’ mouths that we serviced were awful. I’m sorry, there are no other words for it.

Some residents did not even have toothbrushes in their rooms and could not remember the last time they had their teeth brushed. Plaque and tartar were everywhere; lips were chapped, and I even found black mold on one sweet lady’s dentures. Experiencing this broke my heart.

Elderly Dental Care

Why Seniors are Prone to Dry Mouth and What to Do About it

Has a senior confided in you that their mouth is so dry and sore that it hurts when they are eating or talking? Or maybe sometimes they wake up in the middle of the night feeling like they are chewing crackers.

If this describes their experience, they might be suffering from dry mouth, also known as xerostomia. But I’m just going to call it dry mouth in this article.

Elderly Dental Care

Does Your Age Stop You From Landing A Job?

Let me ask you this: When was the last time you saw a senior on your favorite TV show? I don’t know about you, but I can hardly remember when I did.

We live in a society that worships youth. If you open any magazine, look at billboards, or watch TV shows, you will see young faces.

Unfortunately, this reality is reflected in employment. It seems like everyone is looking to hire an 18-year-old with 20 years of experience, which is ridiculous when you think about it.