Oral hygiene may be very difficult for individuals living with
dementia and they may sometimes require assistance from
caregivers. Behavior problems or agitation often associated
with dementia may be symptomatic of undiagnosed oral pain,
including cavities, tender gums or lesions in the mouth. It
is important for caregivers to ensure that their care receiver
maintains a good oral hygiene routine. Providing oral care to an individual with dementia, however, may be difficult for both the caregiver and care receiver. Here are some things to keep in mind when providing or assisting with oral care.