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Dental Care Tips For Dementia Caregivers


Posted on 5/22/2023 by Evan
Dental Care Tips For Dementia Caregivers As a caregiver for someone with dementia, you need to take care of their physical and oral health. However, dental care can be challenging for individuals with dementia, as they may struggle with communication, brushing and flossing, and visiting the dentist. The following are dental care tips for dementia caregivers.

Healthy Diet


A healthy diet is important for maintaining good oral health. Encourage your loved one to eat a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and lean protein. Avoid sugary and starchy foods, as they can increase the risk of tooth decay. Drinking plenty of water is also essential for keeping the mouth hydrated and reducing the risk of dry mouth, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

Dental Visits


Regular dental checkups are essential for maintaining good oral health. However, individuals with dementia may find dental visits overwhelming or confusing. To make the visit less stressful, schedule the appointment at a time when they are most alert and comfortable.

Inform the dentist about any medication or medical condition they have, as this can affect their dental treatment. You can also accompany them to the dentist and stay with them during the appointment to provide support.

Brushing And Flossing


Brushing and flossing are essential for maintaining good oral health. However, individuals with dementia may struggle with these tasks. As a caregiver, you can assist them using a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth.

Encourage them to brush their teeth twice daily and floss at least once daily. If they have difficulty holding the toothbrush, you can guide their hand and help them brush.

Mouth Care


Despite brushing and flossing, there are other ways to care for the mouth. Encourage your loved one to rinse their mouth with water after meals to remove food particles. You can also use a mouthwash designed for sensitive teeth to help freshen their breath and reduce the risk of gum disease.
If they have dentures, cleaning their mouth and gums with a soft-bristled brush is important to remove any food particles and bacteria. Ask our dentist more about dental care tips for dementia caregivers.
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