Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects the brain. It can progress a little bit differently for each person, but overall the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s will progress, life will become more difficult, and at some point it may be extremely challenging for this individual to take proper care of their personal hygiene and other health aspects.
It’s a good idea for family caregivers to be on the lookout for potential issues with their personal hygiene, especially as it relates to their oral health.
What if they don’t have any of their original teeth?
Some seniors have this idea that since they don’t have any of their original teeth any longer, they don’t have to worry about their oral care or health. In reality, just because a person has lost their teeth doesn’t mean they have to stop brushing. It doesn’t mean they have to throw caution to the wind and no longer care about their gums or what’s going on inside their mouth.
Bacteria, germs, and other foreign contaminants, including old food that doesn’t get properly swallowed or digested, can get caught along the gum line. It can cause infections. If an infection in the gums becomes inflamed, sores break open, or something similar happens, then there is suddenly a direct line from the gums to the heart, and if bacteria enters the bloodstream there, it can cause some serious health issues.
When a senior has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it’s important they have adequate support.
An experienced home care aide can be the best option. Yes, family and friends can certainly help, and they often want to more than anything, but by relying on home care as early as possible, it can help the senior develop routines that are not just beneficial for their personal hygiene, oral health, and more, they can also help them in the future as their memory loss becomes more significant.
For anyone who has a parent or other family member diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia, they should make sure that person is taking proper care of their teeth and/or gums. If their memory loss is causing confusion, they can keep track of when they brushed or whether they did it in the morning, and so on. A home care aide in the morning can help them keep track of these things and then, in the evening, assist them with whatever they need to get done before bed.