Jul 28, 2011

Dementia Brushing the Teeth

Poor oral health can lead to pneumonia and cardiovascular disease as well as periodontal disease in patients suffering from dementia.

Alzheimer's Reading Room

Poor oral health can lead to pneumonia and cardiovascular disease in patients suffering from dementia.

"Poor oral health can lead to pneumonia and cardiovascular disease as well as periodontal disease," said Rita A. Jablonski, even though these illnesses are not usually associated with the mouth.

According to Jablonski, assistant professor of nursing, Penn State, persons with dementia resist care when they feel threatened.

In general, these patients cannot care for themselves and need help.

Persons who care for patients with dementia now have a tailored approach to dental hygiene for their charges, thanks to a pilot study by Jablonski and other nurses.

You can get more information on dementia, brushing the teeth, and dentures by using the search box on the right hand side of this page. Enter the dentures and see what you get.



Rita A. Jablonski, PhD, CRNP, is an assistant professor at the Pennsylvania State University School of Nursing. Her research involves developing and testing ways to improve the mouth care provided by nursing home staff to persons with dementia. She also maintains an active clinical practice as a nurse practitioner at Centre Volunteers in Medicine.


Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room