From the Summer 2016 edition of Care and cure magazine, people in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease appear to decline more quickly in their memory and thinking if they have gum disease.
As a person's dementia progresses, their dental needs may become more complicated. The person might need specialist treatment and mental capacity to consent to treatment may need to be assessed.
Dentures can be help people eat and speak properly, but there are challenges people with dementia may experience when wearing dentures, such as losing or breaking them.
Good mouth care isn’t just about brushing teeth twice a day. It’s also about eating well, drinking plenty of fluids, having regular check-ups at the dentist and looking out for signs of any problems developing.
Healthy teeth and gums are important to living well. For someone with dementia, taking care of their teeth and gums can become increasingly difficult.