3 Real Life Tips for Helping Elderly Parents Care for Their Teeth

Mom had a flare up by her upper left teeth. We know from past experience that another dentist wanted to perform root canal, but at 89, mom is not going through that again. She did it once on one tooth, it went well, but it wasn’t something she wanted to repeat. So Sunday morning when she said it hurt to chew on left side, I told her to

  • STOP eating on left side of mouth.
  • Brush gently.
  • Use warm saltwater rinses.

Monday morning she called me very happy and said she had NO pain!  Now I know a miracle did NOT occur, but the above real life tips helped, momentarily.

I was able to get an appointment with our beloved and compassionate dentist in our hometown yesterday afternoon. His wife, who is also his dental hygienist and an equally beloved and compassionate person, took an x-ray, cleaned the area gently and put on some sort of seal. For now, all is ok. If mom has another flare up that doesn’t respond to good dental care and/or Amoxicillin, we’ll get her tooth pulled. We know a wonderful father and daughter team of oral and maxillofacial surgeons that we’ve used previously for oral extractions and implants.

I hope when I see mom this morning, all will be calm, her teeth will feel fine and no emergencies on the horizon. One day at a time folks, one day at a time!