Good oral health is important for health and wellbeing. Because dementia is a progressive condition (meaning it gets worse over time) it is important to establish a dental care programme at, or soon after, a diagnosis. The programme should help to improve oral health and reduce the risk of developing poor oral and dental health. This page describes some of the dental problems that people with dementia may face at different stages and methods for treatment and prevention, including maintaining good oral health. It also looks at issues around keeping and wearing dentures.
Maintaining oral health brings benefits in terms of self-esteem, dignity, social integration and nutrition. Poor oral health can lead to pain and tooth loss, and can negatively affect self-esteem and the ability to eat, laugh and smile.