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Posted On: June 01, 2017


Summer is about to burst onto the scene.  And with it, your "free time" will turn to "busy time" as you plan, plan, plan for your relaxing summer vacation.  So while your're thinking about where you'll go, where you'll eat, and what you'll see along the way, don't forget to plan a visit to your dentist as well.  Doing so can save you from the misery of a dental emergency that will surely spoil even the best planned getaway.

The Best Plan of Action

Now, we're sure visiting the dentist is the last thing you want to do before a relaxing vacation.  Yet we're also certain discovering a painful cavity mid-trip isn't on the agenda either - especially if you're going overseas.  Can you imagine having to look for emergency dental care in some remote part of the world?  Ouch.  Truth is, a quick checkup can catch a future crisis before it ever materializes, and this is one of the beautiful things about dentistry.  Imagine, for example, if you had a bone in your leg that was weak for one reason or another, and a strong impact upon that leg could cause it to break.  Nine time out of ten, you would never even know you had this issue until your leg broke and you were lying in emergency room.  With dentistry, however, oral exams, x-rays and other tools allow your dentist to ferret out problems before they present themselves and that's why visiting prior to vacation can help. Just looking at this tooth in the mouth does not show the abscess without taking a x-ray to diagnosis and avoid a painful vacation.

If you are not current on your annual recare exam visit, we recommend about a month prior to departure - or at least two weeks before you go - schedule a visit.  Your dentist will explore your mouth for any loose crowns or teeth that could cause a problem and identify any cavities that are close enough to the nerve to cause an abscess or pain.  If your're traveling by plane, air pressure in the cabin can cause a recently drilled tooth to be overly sensitive, so you'll want to be certain to plan your visit at least a month ahead of time if your're flying.  If you do take a trip with an unresolved issue, we can make sure you leave with the necessary medication or recommended over the counter medicine.  

Of course, any surgery such as the removal of a tooth, or a root canal should be scheduled in significant advance, and if you wear braces, you'll want to visit your orthodontist as well.  Definitely don't travel with pain if it can be avoided.  We've had many a patient go on trips with a sore mouth only to have it get worse while at their destination. We recommend you plan ahead and be prepared for possible dental issues.

Visiting your dentist prior to vacation might be one of the easiest things to plan this summer.  You'll depart with a fresh clean mouth, and the confidence that a sneaking dental emergency won't be appearing in your vacation scrapbook this year.  So, give us a call at 352-307-3006, we'll be happy to send you off on the right foot!


Need new dentures?

Posted On: May 01, 2017

Uncomfortable Dentures?  Maybe It's Time For A Denture Reline.

If your're a denture wearer and your dentures have begun to fit less comfortably than in the past, you may wish to consider having them relined.  Denture relining is a simple and affordable procedure that reshapes the underside of a denture to make it more comfortable as it rests against your gums.  Relines are referred to as a "soft" or "hard" and can be completed either at the office or in a lab.  Both have advantages and disadvantages, so let's take a look at the specifics to ind a solution that might be good for you.

When a tooth is extracted from its place within the alveolar bone tissue that houses it, the tissue undergoes what is known as resorption or a "breakdown" at the cellular level that takes its component materials and disperses them elsewhere throughout the body.  In layman's terms, this bony material is essentially "taken" back "into" the body for other use.  Denture wearers experience most of this resorption within the first three to four months after extractions and then gradually over time through the rest of one's life.

As a result of this resorption, the gum tissue surrounding the alveolar bone experiences a change in density and shape that begins to cause a previously fitted denture to become more uncomfortable over time.  This is where a denture reline can help.

Soft Reline

Soft relines are often the preferred option for denture wearers simply because they tend to be more comfortable.  This is particularly true if your're a recent denture wearer with bone resorption still taking place at its most rapid rate, or if your gum tissue is just sensitive to the weight and feel of the denture.  A soft reline can be done in the office (chairside) with a liquid polymer that is layered into the denture to add depth and cushion.  It's  a relatively quick procedure and a secure comfortable fit is achieved with input from you during your appointment.

The main advantage to a soft reline done chairside is how fast you can have your denture completed.  A possible disadvantage to the soft reline is the fact that it may require more frequent fine-tuning due to its soft, porous nature.  If this disadvantage matters to you and would rather sacrifice some comfort in favor of longevity, then a hard reline may be a better option for you.

Hard Reline

A hard reline reshapes a denture in the same manner as does a soft reline, but it is done with a material more like the hardened denture base itself.  The result is a more permanent reline fix that last more years than does a soft reline.  We recommend it be sent out to a lab due to complications that can arise with fit and heat transfer of the materials used.  You would be without your dentures for same day delivery to complete the reline.  An appointment would be scheduled early am and you would return around 4:30 pm the same day for delivery.

So, as you can see denture relining is an effective method to reshape a denture when it starts to give you difficulty.  It can also be used to repair a cracked denture and is an excellent way to delay the cost of a new denture altogether.  If your're experiencing any discomfort with your dentures, ask your dental team about a possible reline-you'll be glad you did!  Call us now at 352-307-3006 or email us at to schedule you next appointment.


April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Posted On: April 02, 2017

If there was a quick and painless method to identify pre-cancerous cells in the mouth of someone you loved, would you want them to try it? What if that person were you? The truth is as uncomfortable as it may be to even think of the word Cancer, detecting it early is certainly the key to eradicating it. At Baylee Dental, it's part of our mission to provide the best diagnostic tools available to our patients. That's why we're proud to utilize a tool that when combined with your regular oral exam can assist in detecting oral abnormalities that cannot be seen with the naked eye. It's called Vizilite® Plus.

ViziLite Plus is used for the identification, evaluation and monitoring of oral mucosal abnormalities in populations at increased risk for oral cancer.

Such patients include:

  • Patients age 40 and older (95% of all oral cancer cases)
  • Patients age 18-39 who use tobacco, are heavy drinkers, or may have a previously diagnosed oral HPV 16/18 infection.
  • Patients age 65 and older with the lifestyle risk factors described above
  • And any patient with a history of oral cancer

Vizilite Plus works in two steps. The first is to rinse with a mild solution that temporarily dries the tissues in your mouth. Then the Vizilite Plus wand is used to illuminate the tissues in your mouth. This low intensity light reflects off any abnormal cells, causing them to appear as if they are ”glowing" – making abnormal cells easier to see.
Oral cancer screenings are recommended annually for all adults aged 18 and older and every six months if you are a smoker, regular user of alcohol or if you chew tobacco.

Before Rinse  What you see after rinse and before using the ViziLite Plus Wand                 

 After Rinse  After rinse and using the ViziLite Plus Wand

We're pleased to offer the Vizilite® Plus system at Baylee Dental and we're sure you'll understand why when we show you how it works at your next visit. If it's been a while since you've seen us, please call 352-307-3006 to schedule your next exam today!


ADA Recommendations for Toothbrush Care

Posted On: March 29, 2017

ADA Recommendations for Toothbrush Care: Cleaning, Storing and Replacement


Tooth bushing plays an important everyday role for personal oral hyygiene and effective plaque removal.  Appropriate toothbrush care and maintenance are also importrant considertions for sound oral hygiene.  The ADA recommends that consumers replace toothbrushes approximately every 3-4 months or sooner if the bristles become frayed with use.

In recent years, scientists have studied whether toothbrushes may harbor microorganisms that could cause oral and/or systemic infection.1-4 We know that the oral cavity is home to hundreds of different types of microorganisms;5 therefore, it is not surprising that some of these microorganisms are transferred to a toothbrush during use. It may also be possible for microorganisms that are present in the environment where the toothbrush is stored to establish themselves on the brush. Toothbrushes may even have bacteria on them right out of the box4 since they are not required to be sold in a sterile package.

The human body is constantly exposed to potentially harmful microbes.  However, the body is normally able to defend itself against infections through a comination of passive and active mechanisms.  Intact skin and mucous membranes function as a passive barrier to bacteria and other organisms.  When these varriers are challenged or breached, active mechanisms such as enzymes, digestive acids, tear, white blood cells ad antibodies come into play to protect the body from disease.

Although studies have shown that various microorganisms can grow on toothbrushes after use, and other studies have examined various methods to reduce the level of these bacteria,6-10 there is insufficient clinical evidence to support that bacterial growth on toothbrushes will lead to specific adverse oral or systemic health effects.

Baylee Dental General Recommendations for Toothbrush Care 

The ADA and the Council on Scientific Affairs provide the following toothbrush care recommendations:

  • Please do not share toothbrushes. Sharing a toothbrush could result in an exchange of body fluids and/or microorganisms between the users of the toothbrush, placing the individuals involved at an increased risk for infections. This practice could be a particular concern for persons with compromised immune systems or existing infectious diseases.
  • Thoroughly rinse toothbrushes with tap water after brushing to remove any remaining toothpaste and debris. Store the brush in an upright position if possible and allow the toothbrush to air-dry until used again. If more than one brush is stored in the same holder or area, keep the brushes separated to prevent cross-contamination.
  • Do not routinely cover toothbrushes or store them in closed containers. A moist environment such as a closed container is more conducive to the growth of microorganisms than the open air.  Choose one with ventilation holes to help the brush dry.
  • Replace toothbrushes at least every 3–4 months. The bristles become frayed and worn with use and cleaning effectiveness will decrease.11 Toothbrushes will wear out more rapidly depending on factors unique to each patient. Check brushes often for this type of wear and replace them more frequently if needed. Children’s toothbrushes often need replacing more frequently than adult brushes.

Additional Comments 

Cleaning methods beyond those outlined above are not supported by the currently available clinical evidence. While there is evidence of bacterial growth on toothbrushes, there is no clinical evidence that soaking a toothbrush in an antibacterial mouth rinse or using a commercially-available toothbrush sanitizer has any positive or negative effect on oral or systemic health. Some toothbrush cleaning methods, including use of a dishwasher or microwave oven, could damage the brush. Manufacturers may not have designed their products to withstand these conditions. The cleaning effectiveness of the brush might be decreased if it is damaged.

Although there is insufficient clinical evidence to support that bacterial growth on toothbrushes will lead to specific adverse oral or systemic health effects, a common-sense approach is recommended for situations where patients may be at higher risk to infection or re-infection by various microbes. Examples may include situations where a patient or family member:

  • Has a systemic disease that may be transmissible by blood or saliva;
  • Has a compromised immune system or low resistance to infection due to disease, chemotherapy, radiation treatment, etc.

Common-sense supports that for patients who are more susceptible to infections, a higher level of vigilance to prevent exposure to disease-causing organisms may offer some benefit.

  • Replacing toothbrushes more often than every 3–4 months may decrease the number of bacteria to which patients are exposed;
  • Rinsing with an antibacterial mouth rinse before brushing may prevent or decrease how rapidly bacteria build up on toothbrushes;2
  • Soaking toothbrushes in an antibacterial mouth rinse after use has also been studied and may decrease the level of bacteria that grow on toothbrushes;6
  • Disposable toothbrushes might also be considered as an option, however cost may be a consideration with long-term use.
  • There are several commercially available toothbrush sanitizers on the market. Although data do not demonstrate that they provide a specific health benefit, if a consumer chooses to use one of these devices, the Council recommends that they select a product cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Products cleared by the FDA are required to provide data to the Agency to substantiate cleared claims. Examples of claims that have been cleared by the FDA for these products include:
    • Product “X” is designed to sanitize manual toothbrushes (To “sanitize” normally means that bacteria are reduced by 99.9 percent. For example, if one million bacteria are present at the outset, 1000 bacteria remain after a 99.9 percent reduction. “Sterilized”, on the other hand, indicates that all living organisms have been destroyed or inactivated. No commercially-available toothbrush cleaning products have been shown to sterilize toothbrushes);
    • Product “Y” is intended for use in reducing bacterial contamination that naturally accrues on toothbrushes

Claims that go beyond sanitizing the toothbrush or reducing bacterial contamination should be viewed critically by the consumer.

Consumers that choose to use these cleaning devices should inspect the brush regulary for wear and consider replacement more often if necessary

The Council will continue to monitor and provide information on toothbrush care consistent with current scientific information.

Council on Scientific Affairs, November 2011


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2. Verran J, Leahy-Gilmartin AA. Investigations into the microbial contamination of toothbrushes. Microbios. 1996;85(345):231-8.

3. Kozai K, Iwai T, Miura K. Residual contamination of toothbrushes by microorganisms. ASDC J Dent Child. 1989 May-Jun;56(3):201-4.
4. Glass RT, Lare MM. Toothbrush contamination: a potential health risk? Quintessence Int. 1986 Jan;17(1):39-42.
5. Kazor CE et al. Diversity of bacterial populations on the tongue dorsa of patients with halitosis and healthy patients. J Clin Microbiol. 2003;41(2):558-63.
6. Caudry SD, Klitorinos A, Chan EC. Contaminated toothbrushes and their disinfection. J Can Dent Assoc. 1995 Jun;61(6):511-6.
7. Warren DP et al. The effects of toothpastes on the residual microbial contamination of toothbrushes. J Am Dent Assoc. 2001 Sep;132(9):1241-5.
8. Quirynen M et al. Can toothpaste or a toothbrush with antibacterial tufts prevent toothbrush contamination? J Periodontol. 2003 Mar;74(3):312-22.
9. Neal PR, Rippin JW. The efficacy of a toothbrush disinfectant spray—an in vitro study. J Dent. 2003;31:153-7.
10. Goldschmidt MC et al. Effects of an antimicrobial additive to toothbrushes on residual periodontal pathogens. J Clin Dent. 2004;15(3):66-70.
11. Glaze PM, Wade AB. Toothbrush age and wear as it relates to plaque control. J Clin Periodontol. 1986 Jan;13(1):52-6.


Ask a Vet

Posted On: February 05, 2017

Ask a Vet:  How Do I Care for My Cat's or Dog's Teeth?


The folling is a guest post by Dr. Jeff Smith a veterinarian and owner of Mount Hermon Animal Clinic in Danville, Virginia.

Yes, you can clean your pet's teeth at home.  I know dental hygienists who clean their personal pet's teeth at home and it really makes a difference!

The unfortunate thing about our pet's teeth is that they are much more prone to periodontal disease (inflammation and infection around the roots of the teeth) and cleaning in the gingival sulcus (the natural pocket where the gum meet the teeth) is critical to success.

How to Clean Your Pet's Teeth  

1.  Practice the routine.  The first step in the process is conditioning your pet to lie in your lap and allow to touch the inside of his/her mouth, lift the lips, touch the teeth, massage the gums...and it take time and patience.

For example, the first week you may just have your dog or cat sit in your lap and lift a lip and offer a treat.  Once your pet starts to like this game, you up the ante a little and probe in their mouth a little more, always giving plenty of praise and positive reinforcement.

It is important to be cautious when working with your pet's mouth as you can be bitten even if by accident.  If you have any concern about being bitten, you should not attemp this process.

Some pets will like this game more than others, and it is important to take your time each day to teach your pet to trust you to touch their teeth.

2.  Acquire dental instruments.  If you can make it to this stage your dog or cat is excellent at being still then you can buy a set of dental instruments and try scaling tartar and cleaning below the gum line.

 It is not as easy as it looks and if you try it one time, you will have a great appreciation for dental hygienists.  As in most things, if you are highly skilled you can make it look easy.  Before using dental instruments to clean your pet's teeth, it is advisable to get some formal training first as you can damage the teeth and gums if you are not using them appropriately.

3. Consider anesthesia.  The easiest and best way to thoroughly clean and polish your pet's teeth is with them under anesthesia.  Remember that periodontal disease is our number one concern in pets and the only way to effectively evaluate periodontal disease is with dental x-rays, which must be done with the patient under anesthesia.  Your pet needs to see your veterinarian once yearly for comprehenvive oral health assessment and treatment.

Ask your vet about these best practices in veterinary dental care when your pet goes in for a cleaning.

  • X-rays of each tooth in the mouth
  • Comprehensive anesthetic monitoring for safety
  • Periodontal probing and charting of teeth in the medical record
  • Proper treatment of deep gingival pockets
  • Nerve blocks and pain meds when extractions are needed
  • Sterilization of dental cleaning tools and drills
  • Fluoride treatment
  • Home care instructions

Your pet's dental health is one place where you can make a positive impact at home.  Over 70% of pets have periodontal disease by the time they are 3 years old, making it on of the biggest problems veterinarians battle.  We can say for certain that your pet will suffer from periodontal disease at some point in their life, so why not start early with prevention?

There are multitudes of options for home dental care.  Brushing is best, and if you can get in the habit of brushing your pet's teeth each night, you will make a huge difference in your pet's health.

If your pet goes to bed each night with clean teeth, it is spending 12 hours per day with clean teeth.  Half days added together can become half a lifetime of clean teeth.

Alternatives to Brushing

If brushing is not an option for you, we have rawhide chews with the same enzyme treatment that is in the doggie toothpaste.

There are many other treats and chews available.  For a list of chews proven to work, check out the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) website. Best is to call your Vet for a recommendation. 

Thaks to Dr Smith for this important insite on taking care of our important family member.

Dr. Jeff Smith is a veterinarian and owner of Mount Hermon Animal clinic in Danville, Virginia.


Jan. Flossing Blog

Posted On: January 10, 2017

Don’t Like Flossing? Try One Of These Methods and Get Those Gums in Shape! 

When it comes to dental floss, what’s the best kind? Well, if you ask a dentist, they’ll tell you the best dental floss is the floss you’ll actually use. That could be Teflon floss, dental tape, nylon floss, waxed floss, and flosses with or without flavors – there are a lot of choices! There are also a number of ways to get your flossing done that don’t have you wrapping a long string of floss across your fingers and deftly maneuvering your hands in such an enclosed space. Enter floss, the oral irrigator, the vibrating flosser, and the dental pick! Which might be best for you?

  • Dental Pick:If you’re prone to ignore flossing, you may want to consider a good old fashioned dental pick. You’ve no doubt seen these before (sometimes cast aside on the sidewalk!) … they look like a plastic toothpick with a strand of dental floss strapped across a wide u-shaped tip. The simplicity and compact nature of these little portable floss “picks” seem to add to their convenience, and kids seem to love them when they’re first learning to floss. We also recommend using Soft-Picks with a flexible tapered bristles that fits between teeth.  It removes food between the teeth, stimulates and massage gums.  We’ll bet you can find at least one colleague in your office who has a few in their purse or desk for those moments when lunch lingers on the teeth a bit longer than appreciated!  “We’ll even give you a packet of these for free the next time you come in! 
  • Electric Flossers:Depending on the brand, electric flossers are known by a variety of names, and searching for these handy little devices can be somewhat maddening online (trust us!). You may be best just wandering into the drug store or supermarket to explore in person! There are vibrating flosserspower flossers, and air flossers. Picking the one that’s right for you depends on the task at hand. Power flossers and air flossers seem best if you’re dealing with space concerns near the gum line, and may be a good substitute for an interproximal toothbrush. A vibrating flosser, on the other hand, looks much like a dental pick and because of its design, can cover the entire length of the tooth. We recommend avoiding the use of these flossers buy using an electric toothbrush along with floss twice a day to keep your teeth clean and gums healthy.
  • Oral Irrigator:An oral irrigator is a device that uses a pulsating stream of water to remove plaque and food debris from between your teeth. There are a variety of instruments on the market, and your dentist can recommend one based on the health of your gum tissue and budget. Oral irrigators are remarkably effective at keeping gum tissue healthy, and have been shown to reduce pocket depth due to periodontitis. “Pocket depth,” refers to the depth of the gum tissue that immediately surrounds your teeth. You may not know it, but that’s what your dentist or hygienist is testing for when they’re poking that instrument in your mouth during an exam and 
  • It’s worth noting that each of these devices, while recommended, should be considered as supplements to normal flossing – still your best choice. But, if you have dexterity concerns, are purchasing something for a youngster, or just want to ensure your teeth are the cleanest they can be, these tool are great options!


  • Are you already our patient or looking to schedule your first appointment? Ask about our special for our patients. Mention this blog post and receive 10% off a Triumph Genius Electric Professional Toothbrush with Bluetooth Technology to make the job of brushing easy and fun.



Dental Care Tips for Caregivers

Posted On: October 26, 2016

Whether you're caring for an elderly parent, a loved one who is injured, or a family member who is ill or has special needs, there are steps you can take to help them smile.
The mouth is the gateway to the body. Good oral hygiene helps prevents tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Clinical studies have linked periodontal disease to stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, and other serious health problems. A healthy mouth lets people eat more easily, feel more confident about their appearance, and hopefully avoid tooth pain and tooth loss.

While these tips focus on at-home dental care for the elderly or special-needs patient, it’s very important for the caregiver to ensure the person also visits a dentist for regular appointments. Only a dentist can evaluate the condition of the person's mouth and provide a thorough teeth cleaning or denture analysis.

Oral Care for the Elderly  

There are many reasons why someone who is elderly may not be able to easily brush his or her teeth anymore. If the person has arthritis or another health condition, it may be difficult for the person to hold a toothbrush. If the person has dementia, the person may not remember how to brush or floss. Experts recommend using a Tell-Show-Do approach. First, use a soothing voice to explain what that the person is going to brush his or her teeth in order to keep their teeth healthy. Then, demonstrate using your own toothbrush how the person should brush.
After you've modeled the behavior, give the person his/her toothbrush with a pea-sized dollop of toothpaste already on it. You may want to gently place your hand over the other person’s hand and guide the actions at first, and talk them through what's expected. Be sure to use clear, simple directions, such as, "Hold your toothbrush, now put it in your mouth on the side closest to me. Move it back and forth; that's right. Now get your back teeth. Now get your top teeth. Now let's do the other side." To learn how to do this, ask your dentist.

10 Dental Care Tips for Caregivers

Here are ten dental care tips for caregivers helping someone who may have trouble taking care of his or her own oral health.

  1. Establish a routine.  Having an established routine can reduce anxiety and increase compliance. Make it part of their routine to brush teeth after breakfast and before going to bed. Playing the person’s favorite music may help make it more enjoyable.
  2. Make it easy.  Place a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on the toothbrush before giving it to the person.
  3. Use a power toothbrush.  If the person has trouble holding a skinny, manual toothbrush, try using a power toothbrush instead. A power toothbrush requires less dexterity. The user simply needs to guide the power toothbrush along the surfaces of the teeth and the rotating bristles will remove the food and bacteria. There are several types available in dental offices and in stores. Coast Dental recommends the InteliSonic toothbrush and the Revolation toothbrush. Ask your dentist which is the best type to use for your loved one’s specific needs.
  4. Floss daily.  Use a floss holder, floss pick, or an oral irrigator (water pik). If the person doesn’t have the dexterity to floss his or her own teeth, the caregiver can floss the teeth, just like a hygienist does at the dental office. Ask your dentist or hygienist to demonstrate the technique.
  5. Rinse dentures after every meal.  This is as easy as it sounds. Simply rinse the partial or complete denture with water after every meal, and then insert back into the mouth.
  6. Clean dentures daily.  If you're taking care of someone with a denture or partial denture, be sure to remove it and clean it every night according to the directions your dentist gave you. Leaving a denture or partial in the mouth overnight can cause bacteria and mouth sores. And remember: Even denture-wearers still need to brush. After the denture is removed, use a soft-bristled toothbrush or gauze to wipe the gums and tongue, and have the person swish with water or mouthwash, then spit.
  7. Know medication side effects.  Many medications that help common problems like high blood pressure, allergies, heart disease, and depression can lead to dry mouth. That means the mouth is not producing as much saliva as it should to wash away bacteria, which makes people more prone to tooth decay (cavities). Bring the dentist a list of any prescription or over-the-counter medication being taken, and the contact information for the patient’s medical doctor. The good news is that dry mouth can be treated easily.
  8. Consider MI Paste.  MI Paste is like vitamins for the teeth. It provides minerals such as calcium and phosphate that strengthen the teeth and protect the enamel. It reduces dental erosion caused by acids in soda, sport drinks, alcohol, and food. It also reduces dental erosion caused by gastric reflux or nausea associated with morning sickness and chemotherapy. It can be used by people of all ages, and is often recommended for seniors. Some types of MI Paste contain fluoride, which can be particularly beneficial for children.
  9. Eat right.  You might not think this of this under dental care, but nutrition plays a very important role in keeping teeth healthy. Food, beverages, even medication can contain sugar, and sugar causes cavities. Reducing soda, sport drinks, and sweets can help keep teeth in good condition. A healthy diet combined with proper hygiene (brushing, flossing, and regular dental office visits) will provide the best defense against cavities.
  10. Swish with water or mouthwash.  Caregivers providing dental care may not think of this, but it’s important. If the person can spit, have them use the recommended amount of mouthwash and swish and spit into a sink or cup. If the person is not be able to spit, the person may be able to swish with a small amount of water, and then swallow. That will help wash away bacteria-causing bacteria.

Providing dental care for senior citizens, children, or anyone who is injured or sick requires patience and dedication. Fortunately, caregivers have a wonderful resource right in their communities: dentists. Make an appointment to bring your loved one to the dentist for a thorough exam and diagnosis, and make a plan for providing the best dental care possible.