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Dementia - A Carer's Guide to Oral Health

A diagnosis of dementia is a truly traumatic time for everyone involved.  Partners and family members find themselves in a position where they become carers to their loved one, feeling a huge amount of fear and uncertainty about what the future holds.  The simplest of daily tasks can become overwhelming. While we can't help you overcome every hurdle, we can provide advice and support on helping someone with dementia maintain their oral health, such as tooth brushing and dietary advice, denture care where necessary and recognising when someone may be in pain or discomfort caused by toothache. Daily care Establishing a daily routine is of real benefit, particularly in the early stages of dementia.  Encourage the person to care for their own teeth for as long as possible.  As a carer you can help by reminding them when to brush, and show them how to apply toothpaste to the brush if necessary.  It might be worth considering an electric toothbrush as they may be easi