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You may need to help the person you care for look after their teeth and visit the dentist.

It is very important that the person you care for regularly visits the dentist. Find a dentist near you on NHS Choices.

Check if the person you care can get help with health costs so that they can get free or reduced price NHS dental treatment.

Key tips for carers 

You can find key tips for carers on teeth.tlc.  This includes help if the person you care for has their own teeth, or if they have false or no teeth.

If the person you care for, or yourself, wear full or partial dentures find out more about looking after your dentures on the The British Society of Gerodontology website.

If you care for someone with dementia

It can be very difficult to help someone with dementia look after their teeth, particularly if they are reluctant to.

The Alzheimer’s Society offers advice about dental care and oral health, the different sort of dental problems people with dementia may suffer, and how best to help them on.  It also has a factsheet about Dental care and oral health that you can download.  

There is also a great video that show you how to help someone with dementia brush their teeth on YouTube.

Thanks to Sarah Kaddour BDS MJDF at Health Education England for helping us write this page.

Next update due: June 2017​