Dental Care Tips & Hacks for Dementia & Caregivers

Dental Tips and Hacks

Are you taking care of someone with dementia and looking for Dental Care Tips & Hacks for Dementia to improve dental hygiene?

Dental care for those with dementia will vary depending on the person concerned, on the type of dementia they have and what stage they are in their progression.

Here’s a helpful guide on Dental Care Tips & Hacks for Dementia & Caregivers that can help promote independence. It’s full of tools and methods to support your loved one’s oral health & hygiene routine.

Gum health is particularly important. The bacteria from gum disease and periodontal disease can enter the bloodstream and travel to other areas of the body and lead to serious health issues. Poor gum health has been linked to cardiovascular disease, cancer, respiratory diseases, diabetes etc. It’s even been linked to the development of Alzheimer’s.

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Wrap Up!

Nothing has changed whether you have dementia or not you need to have good oral care to prevent cavities, gum disease, tooth loss and more.  

The only difference is that your loved one may not always be able to tell you of their pain or discomfort particularly in the latter stages of the disease.  They may need help in ensuring they have the right tools, support, and encouragement to carry out their oral routine.  

If they develop problems, it can stop them from eating, cause distress and if not treated could lead to further damage. 

If your loved one is in the early stages of dementia, they may need little or no help. During the middle stages, they may need some assistance & guidance and during the later stages, they may need you to supervise or do the task with/for them. 

So, It’s vitally important that you balance the need for independence and support. 

The longer a person with dementia is able to take care of their own teeth, the longer they’ll maintain that memory.  

Remember that!  

Disclaimer: This information is not a substitute or replacement for medical advice and/or dental treatment from your dentist.