28 Penallta Road, Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, CF82 7AN | T:01443 816160 / 01443 812559

3 Ashgrove Terrace, Nelson, Treharris, CF46 6LR | T:01443 451851

Dentistry and Dementia

It is estimated that there are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, and 38% of the population know a family member or close friend with dementia https://www.dementiastatistics.org/statistics/numbers-of-people-in-the-uk/

In 2016 we undertook our initial dementia friends training and have since developed this to become a dementia friendly practice. This involves demonstrating our commitment to welcoming and supporting patients affected by dementia along with their families and carers.







We provide:

  • A calm, safe and stress-free environment – we are a Dementia Friendly practice with a highly skilled and experienced team
  • Preventive advice and treatment provided in a dignified and respectful way, patient centred around individual needs
  • We recognise families and carers play a critical role in ensuring patients are valued and understood
  • We work closely with families and carers to ensure dignity, respect and consent and understanding for treatment
  • Referrals for home visits if appropriate
  • Even lighting and non-reflective flooring
  • Open plan rooms
  • Handrails and accessible facilities
  • Dedicated dementia champion
  • Longer appointments available
  • Appointment reminder system
  • Twiddle muffs provided, which are used successfully to distract and comfort:Ways carers can help:
    • A smaller toothbrush may be easier to use, for example a child’s brush
    • High fluoride toothpaste to help protect the teeth (1450ppm minimum)
    • If gum disease is present use of a chlorhexidine mouth rinse (for example Corsodyl) can help inflammation
    • Interdental cleaning where possible
    • Gentle, circular movements, brushing gums as well as teeth – bleeding gums mean more brushing is required so if this continues make an appointment
    • Spit don’t rinse to maximise the benefit of fluoride left on the teeth
    • Brush dentures 2 x daily and keep an eye on the fit to make sure these are not becoming loose and look for areas of redness or soreness in the mouth – if any problems arrange an appointment

    Practicing good basic principles is essential since dementia is progressive, so establishing a solid dental care plan and routine as soon as possible is important.  Broken and decayed teeth, gum disease and loose teeth can cause pain and discomfort which in turn can increase stress levels. In addition, difficulties eating, sleeping and communicating can all add to confusion and distress. Regular attendance is vital to prevent issues arising, or at the first sign of problems to address. Look out for signs of discomfort such as grimacing, holding the face or bleeding gums signs that there is a problem, and help maintain their dignity and self-esteem.

Proud to be a Dementia Friendly practice

For free information on helping care for someone’s dental health please call us on 01443 812559 (Ystrad Mynach) or 01443 451851 (Nelson)