We are aware that good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist plays an important role in the wellbeing of everyone. Healthy teeth and gums make it easier to eat well and enjoy good food. Poor dental health can affect a person’s comfort, appearance, behaviour and general health. Every person with dementia needs an individualised preventive approach to dental care that should ideally begin as soon as dementia is diagnosed.
Alzheimer’s Australia Helpsheet – Dental Care
Read online or download and print the comprehensive information for maintaining good oral health at home from the Alzheimer’s Australia website.
This information will assist in planning an individualised preventive approach to dental care.
DVD – Dental care for people with dementia / with Teepa Snow (2012)
This DVD comprehensively covers the following topics (140mins)
- common dental care issues and how to overcome them
- why people with dementia are likely to react negatively to common oral care procedures
- changes in motor skills and sensation
- how to create a more calming environment through changes to lighting, temperature, and more
- about techniques and tools to adapt oral care techniques to increase cooperation and improve dental care results
Family Caregiving: How Do You Brush Someone Else’s Teeth?
Helping someone with brushing and flossing isn’t always easy. This web page uses images to go through the steps you can take to make daily dental care a good experience.
Youtube: Dementia and oral care
Watch the following video on the six step approach to assisting someone to brush their teeth.
Education tools for dental practitioners
Partnership in Care – a series of Continuing Professional Development videos funded by Alzheimer’s Australia are designed to support dentists treating people living with dementia.
The videos were developed jointly by dentists, medical practitioners and people living with dementia and their carers. The series highlights the importance of continuity of care, using preventative dentistry and ensuring the person with dementia has access to appropriate dental care for the duration of their condition.
Our Dental Care Blog – Improving Oral Health For Patients With Alzheimer’s Disease Or Related Disorders
This post aims to ensure that the dental visit for the person living with dementia is successful. This requires the awareness and cooperation of patients, caregivers and dental professionals
Article: Don’t forget the teeth: how can the dental discipline improve the care and well-being of people with dementia? / Danica Zhan
This article attempts to deliver an overview of the essential role of dentists and dental auxiliaries (dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental technicians) in the maintenance of oral health in people compromised with dementia.
Article : The vital importance of oral health in dementia care
Poor oral health is often associated with dementia but skilled professional interventions can break the link. Authors Amanda Thompsell and Hannah Luff offer some practical advice.
The Journal of Dementia Care 25(2) March/April 2017 p.28-29
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