Mouth problems can be caused by not brushing teeth properly, dentures that don’t fit well, or a dry mouth (which can be a side effect of some medications).

It’s important to look after your mouth and teeth because eating will be easier and you will feel better. If your dentures do not fit properly or you have problems with your teeth, seek help from a dentist. If you are having other mouth problems, such as a dry mouth, tell your doctor, who can check out the cause.

Advice for carers

Talk with the dentist about mouth care in general but also seek help from Alzheimer’s Australia (via the National Dementia Helpline) when helping to provide mouth care for an older person who has dementia.

National Dementia Helpline
Telephone: 1800 100 500