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Helping A Senior with Alzheimer’s Disease Keep Up with Dental Hygiene

Senior Care in Scottsdale AZ

Caring for an elderly loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can be stressful and challenging. You might find yourself facing difficulties that you did not predict but you know that you must overcome in order to ensure that they get the best care and can enjoy the highest quality of life possible as they age in place. One of these challenges is making sure that your parent keeps up with proper Senior-Care-in-Scottsdale-AZdental hygiene. Not caring for their mouth properly can lead them to having health issues throughout their body, including increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diminished nutrition, and widespread infections. For seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, this risk might be even higher. Caring for their mouth might be challenging for a senior dealing with the cognitive limitations of the disease, and many experts believe that there is a link between the presence of oral health problems such as gum disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Helping them to keep up with these care efforts can help to keep them healthier, safer, and more comfortable throughout their later years.


Use these tips to help a senior with Alzheimer’s disease keep up with their dental hygiene:

  • Make it part of the routine. Routine and predictability are extremely important for elderly adults, especially those who are dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. Making brushing their teeth and flossing part of their routine can help them to go through with the tasks with greater cooperation because it is simply “what they do”. This predictability can also help them to feel less anxious about the process.
  • Give clear instructions. Remember that part of the cognitive functional limitations that come along with Alzheimer’s disease is decreased ability to focus on and process instructions. If you tell them to do something that is too broad or too vague, such as “go brush your teeth” or “it’s time to floss”, they might not understand what you are telling them to do, get frustrated, or go through the process incorrectly. Instead, break down the instructions so that they are simpler and easier to follow. For example, start with “get your toothbrush out” and then continue to “run the brush under water” and “add toothpaste”. Give them to opportunity to complete each task successfully before moving on.
  • Model correct behaviors. Make it a habit of modeling oral hygiene procedures for them. Go through each step of brushing their teeth and flossing along with them so that they are able to copy you as they go. This can help them to feel more confident and secure about the process, and get through each successfully.


If your elderly loved one is coping with Alzheimer’s disease and has been showing difficulties with their oral health care, starting senior care for them may be the ideal solution for helping them to achieve and maintain better health as they age in place. A senior home care services provider can be a truly exceptional source of care and support for your aging parent as they face any of the challenges associated with the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. When it comes to their oral health, however, this care provider can help your parent keep taking care of their mouth as a priority in their care routine. They can also offer physical assistance and guidance if your loved one is not able to keep up with these tasks on their own.


If you or an aging loved one are interested in hiring senior care in Scottsdale, AZ or the surrounding areas, please contact the professional team at Devoted Guardians Home Care.  Call today at (800) 699-4781 or (480) 999-3012.


Aaron Sinykin, MBA, CEO

Born and raised in Madison Wisconsin. Graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Finance in 1999, and Graduated from Arizona State University WP Carey School of Business with an MBA in 2005.

Aaron spent 5 years working for Intel Corporation in Chandler, Arizona right out of college until he ventured off on his own. Aaron has owned and operated successful small businesses for the past 10 years.

Aaron is currently the CEO and owner of Devoted Guardians a Non-Medical In Homecare Agency covering the entire Phoenix valley. Aaron has been CEO since 2012 and running businesses since 2005.