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January 13, 2017
5 yearsago

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A person suffering from Alzheimer’s disease may forget how to do regular tasks including hygiene including tooth brushing. However, families and friends can help assist the issue. Proper oral hygiene is important to prevent issues with eating, digestion, and other infections, in particular for people who are prone to forgetting this important health routine.

Steps in Oral Care

If you have a family member with Alzheimer, here are some dental tips that you can apply:

  1. Floss at least once a day

    • It can be done by having a floss holder. There are also special sticks or picks that can be good alternatives.
    • The family dentist can even provide anti-microbial solutions for the gums while using floss.
  2. Brush twice a day

    • Look for a toothbrush that is manageable by the patient and that is easy for others to use as well if in case the patient needs assistance.
    • Consult the dentist if fluoride is okay for the patient.
  3. Schedule monthly inspections

    • Get a list of watch outs from the dentist and how to get rid of it.
    • If in any case, there are dental issues found like swollen gums, see a dentist immediately.
  4. Clean after every meal

    • Gently brush the gums using a toothbrush with soft bristles.
    • The patient’s dentures should be cleaned after every meal to prevent cavities
    • Check the mouth of the patient if there are any food remaining; sometimes they cannot swallow well. Hence, it is important to check after every meal.
  5. Regular Visits

    • Schedule a dental visit even at the start of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
    • Have a list of the patient’s medications taken currently to inform the dentist. This helps him/her proceed with the further checks.
    • For any difficulty or pain, go to the dentist as soon as possible.

Indeed, Alzheimer’s is a difficult illness to handle. Aside from physical assistance, the patient is really in need of care and utmost attention. Hence, cooperation is significant to help in the patient’s dental condition.

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