How to help someone with dementia look after their oral health

According to NHS figures, one in 14 people over the age of 65 will develop dementia in the UK, and the condition affects 1 in 6 people over the age of 801.These numbers are expected to rise in the coming years, and it’s predicted that by 2040, 1.6 million people in the UK will be suffering from some sort of dementia2.

Dementia is a progressive syndrome which causes brain function to decline over time. Dementia comes in different forms, the most common being Alzheimer’s disease. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease include memory loss, confusion, and difficulties thinking or problem-solving. Many day-to-day tasks, such as taking care of oral health, can become difficult for those with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

If you care for someone with dementia, there are steps you can take to help spot symptoms of common oral health problems, and ways to help maintain their oral health as the disease progresses.

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