I get the FCG newsletter and really
enjoy it. Thanks for making available such an
outstanding resource for caregivers. Momma is almost
90 and has Alzheimer’s. She'd brush her teeth and
rinse out with mouthwash for a while. Then she'd allow
us to do it. Now, she just bites down on the
toothbrush and swallows the toothpaste and mouthwash.
We give her lots of liquids and fruit like apples and pears
to crunch down on. She still is eating well for the
time being. However, food is lodged in her teeth.
She needs a good cleaning. She sometimes holds
water/liquid in her mouth. I believe she's trying to
swish the liquid in her mouth to clean it. I know it
must be very uncomfortable for her.
I called her
long-time dentist to find out if there was a special
procedure for treating such patients. He has no clue.
Her doctor didn't have a solution either; just trying to
clean her teeth while she's medicated. What does one
do? Can she be sedated and then have her teeth
cleaned? Is there is a specialty dentist out there
that deals with this problem? I'm sure it must be
pretty common. I can't believe we're the only ones
going through this.
Any help would be most
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