Researchers have found that there is a definite link between gum disease and strokes. In fact, they have observed that the worse that the gum disease is, the higher the chances that that person will suffer from a stroke. For example, someone with severe gum disease has about double the risk of suffering from a stroke than someone who has healthy gums. For those that are concerned with helping their elderly loved ones live the best life they possibly can in their senior years, this can be a big area of focus. A stroke can be devastating, and gum health is often not a difficult thing to accomplish. In fact, taking a preventative approach as early as possible can help to keep gums healthy and reduce the chance of stroke.
Why this occurs is not one hundred percent clear. It may be that they both occur because of the neglect of health which can increase the risk of both. It may be another reason. However, there’s a clear link between the two according to statistical research, and that means that we should be helping the people that we love (and ourselves!) to have healthier gums. Even if someone that you love never suffers from a stroke or is at risk of having one, good dental hygiene can go a long way toward helping to improve quality of life. Knowing that there’s far more than dental health at risk makes it all the more imperative that this be done.
There are a few easy things that can be done to help improve gum health. Brushing and flossing of your teeth daily is a really good start. Going to regular dental appointments is another. For some, transportation might be an issue, but some coordinating with your family’s caregiver or with other family members can help. Insurance tends to cover two appointments per year (depending on the type), so be sure that your loved one is taking advantage of this. If there is a need for further treatment, such as visiting a periodontist, the dentist will be able to spot this need and recommend the next course of action.
Strokes can be very serious, resulting in death or permanent disability. Oftentimes, someone who has had a stroke needs some sort of senior care for the rest of their lives. Rehabilitation is possible, but it is difficult and is not universal in nature. Having an in-home caregiver helping out can be a good choice as this helps you to keep your family together. This isn’t the right choice for all families, but for many it is. In-home care is cost effective, provides a high level of care when you go with a professional service, and allows you to maintain a high level of involvement in your mom or dad’s care. Be sure to talk with a doctor if you have questions about whether this type of care is adequate for the specific needs that your parent has. In-home care is great for some, but not for everyone, and it’s important that you get an expert’s opinion if you have any questions.