The Link Between Dementia and Dental Care – Defacto Blog
Preventive dental care provided in the early stages of dementia could help limit major tooth problems later, researchers say.
According to Dementia UK, Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a range of progressive neurological disorders. There are many different types and Alzheimer’s disease is the most common. Some people may have a combination of types of dementia. Regardless of which type is diagnosed, each person will experience their dementia in their own unique way.
It can affect people in different ways – some people find it hard to communicate, others find it hard to retain information, others may process information incorrectly or in unusual ways.
The Alzheimer’s Society (2015) reports there are over 850,000 people living with a form of the disease in the UK today.
The link between dementia and dental care
So how is it linked to dental care? Well, those with dementia are more likely to have poor dental care as a result of forgetting to brush their teeth. For those who live in residential housing, this can be worse, due to an increased sugary diet. They are also more likely to miss out on vital appointments for treatments, too.
Prevention or Cure…
In the past, in patients with dementia, it has been all about cure. There has been less emphasis on preventative measures. However, in the early stages, we should build positive habits so that patients don’t forget what their dentists advise.
Two minutes, twice a day is our mantra. Alongside regular check ups at the dentist, brushing for two minutes, twice everyday will ensure you are taking good care of your teeth.
Oral health is the gateway to quality of care and everyday life at old age
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