Common Signs of Dental Pain or Discomfort in People with Dementia

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One often overlooked aspect of health is oral care, and recognizing signs of dental pain or discomfort in our partner's living with dementia is essential to their overall well-being.

Common signs of dental pain or discomfort:

  • Refusal to eat
  • Spitting out food
  • Frequently removing dentures
  • Refusing to put in dentures
  • Unexplained increase in aggression
  • Increased moaning or groaning
  • Pulling at cheeks or mouth
  • Massaging face
  • Unexplained open and closing of the mouth


The basic rule of thumb is to see the dentist twice a year. However, if you are concerned that your loved one is having dental pain additional follow-ups may be necessary, especially if they have a history of dental problems. Uncontrolled dental problems can cause serious health issues.


Here is an article that talks about 10 health issues connected to oral health:

https://west85thdental.com/10-health-issues-caused-by-bad-oral-health/


**Peep that it mentions: "Experts have determined that dementia...can result from periodontal disease and gingivitis. Bacteria from the mouth can spread into the nerve channels or enter the bloodstream, resulting in brain cell death that leads to memory loss"

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