“The Dental Association is calling for basic dental care to become mandatory at aged care facilities to stop what's being described as a 'quiet elder crisis' from developing. Currently dental care is excluded from agreements between DHBs and aged care providers, meaning it's left up to individual rest homes to manage residents' oral hygiene. According to the Dental Association that means some residents can go for years without anyone looking at their teeth, which can lead to disastrous health outcomes.”
The Ministry of Health website has some useful information about daily care of natural teeth and dentures.
It is often difficult to get people with dementia out to visit the dentist and it is expensive. However, failure to do this can cause major problems. How do we get around this?