Oral hygiene and self-care in older adults with dementia

Melanie V Taverna, Carol A Nguyen, Beatriz M Hicks

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    The devastating diagnosis of dementia has significant impacts on an older adult, especially on his or her general and oral health. Impacts upon family members also need to be considered. Caregivers, who are usually family members, lack caregiver training and can find it difficult to provide oral hygiene care and denture care. Older adults with dementia often suffer needlessly because they have difficulty communicating about oral pain or discomfort to caregivers, family, and health professionals. This article discusses the different types of dementia and how they impact oral care delivery; the caregiver role in administering dental hygiene and oral care; and lists resources for assistance with necessary oral care services.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)43-48
    Number of pages6
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Sep 1 2016


    • Caregiving
    • Dementia
    • Dental care for older adults

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geriatrics and Gerontology
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
    • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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