Oral Health Care for People Living with Dementia

Oral health is important for everyone, including a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Here are some ways caregivers can help someone with Alzheimer’s care for his or her teeth and mouth.

  • Show the person how to brush his or her teeth. Go step by step. Remember to let the person do as much as possible.
  • Brush your teeth at the same time.
  • Help the person clean his or her dentures.
  • Ask the person to rinse his or her mouth with water after each meal and use mouthwash once a day.
  • Try a long-handled, angled, or electric toothbrush if you need to brush the person’s teeth.
  • Take the person to see a dentist. Some dentists specialize in treating people with Alzheimer’s. Ask the dentist how often the person should be seen.

Learn more about oral health and older adults from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, including tips for caregivers on topics like brushing, flossing, and finding low-cost dental care.

Get more grooming and dressing tips for caregivers on the NIH website.

Oral care is important for overall health, but people with #Alzheimers or dementia might need a little help. Check out this resource for oral health and other grooming tips for people with Alzheimer’s: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/bathing-dressing-and-grooming-alzheimers-caregiving-tips

Last Updated on April 29, 2020

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