Dental Care for People with Alzheimer’s and Dementia
If you are caring for a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia, you know it can be a challenge to provide effective oral health care. The person may forget how to brush his or her teeth, or resist assistance from others. Certain medications can also contribute to dry mouth and other health issues. It’s important to keep up with regular dental visits to prevent problems or address any concerns such as tooth decay or gum infection that arise.
A person with dementia may have a toothache or mouth pain, but not be able to express it verbally. If you notice your loved one is eating less, has bad breath, or has red, puffy gums, please call Thurm Dental to make a dental appointment.
People who have Alzheimer’s or dementia may not be able to sit still or follow directions at a regular dental office. Our team at Thurm Dental is trained to help people relax and feel comfortable through a variety of sedation methods, including IV sedation and general anesthesia.
Dr. Thurm will evaluate the oral health of the patient and discuss the options with the appropriate caregiver. If needed, dental care can be provided on the same day. That eliminates the need for multiple visits.
Please call Thurm Dental today at (856) 335-1775 to schedule an appointment for your loved one. We look forward to meeting you and your family member.