Saturday, February 18, 2023

Oral care for tips for caregivers

I get many inquiries to review books and to post items on my blog. Most I don't accept, but this one on dementia and dental care is one I hadn't thought about. Now that we're not looking at mask mouth (I hope), time to look at mouths. are several things caregivers can do to help maintain good dental health for people with dementia.

For example:
  • Help the patient brush his or her teeth after every meal. If this isn’t reasonable, have them rinse their mouths out with water after eating or a few times each day. Or, consider wiping out their mouth with gauze or a wet cloth, especially after consuming sugary foods and beverages.
  • If you’re reminding someone how to brush, offer short, simple instructions. Go step-by-step and be as patient as possible.
  • Demonstrate by brushing your teeth. Brushing together is a great way to help people with dementia remember what they should be doing. It also avoids embarrassment in the early and middle stages of the disease.
  • Find a dentist who has experience working with dementia or other special needs patients. This makes those twice-yearly visits less stressful. Also, make sure the patient’s dentist has the contact information of other healthcare providers caring for the patient.

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