Alzheimer’s dementia is a particularly devastating disease that eventually robs a person of his or her ability to perform basic daily functions. As the severity of the disease progresses, so does the need for skilled care ranging in scope from emotional and physical support, medical treatments – and dental care.
In fact, the dental needs of Alzheimer’s patients are often overlooked, usually for very understandable reasons: the patient’s forgetfulness results in unintentional dental neglect, and patients and their families lose contact with the dentist because they are focused on other health issues. At Concerned Dental Care, our professional staff is skilled in handling patients with Alzheimer’s dementia, treating them with respect and dignity while helping to maintain their good oral health.
In the early stages of Alzheimer's, dental care focuses on prevention. Getting check-ups and cleaning and flossing teeth regularly can prevent the need for more extensive procedures later on, when the patient may be less able to tolerate them. During the middle and late stages of the disease, oral health may become more challenging. The advice to caregivers is to keep up with regular dental visits for as long as possible. This will help prevent tooth decay, gum problems, pain and infection.
It is also helpful to provide the dentist with a list of all health care providers who are caring for the person with Alzheimer’s, as well as a list of all medications. Certain medications can contribute to dry mouth and other oral health issues.
The takeaway: Good dental health can help improve the overall quality of life for the Alzheimer's patient. At Concerned Dental Care, we’re dedicated to providing superior service and compassionate care for all patients. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.
By Concerned Dental Care
June 28, 2020