Teeth / Dental Care and accessing a Dentist

Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by Nat W, Jul 10, 2015.

  1. Nat W

    Nat W Registered User

    Jul 10, 2015
    3
    Hi,

    My Gran has advanced vascular dementia combined with severe mobility issues. She was housebound even before the dementia started. I'm really struggling to brush her teeth. She won't open her mouth for the toothbrush and, even when she does, she doesn't understand how to rinse or to not swallow the paste or mouthwash. I'm reduced to just brushing round with a toothbrush dipped in a bit of mouthwash and I don't think this is sufficient. I'm noticing some decay around her front teeth. There is no way I can physically get her to a dentist and she wouldn't cooperate even if I could. I've been advised there might be home visits available via the local authority (I'm in Greater Manchester) but to access these you need to be referred by a dentist so I feel like I'm stuck in a loop. I can't find an NHS or private dentist that will do a home visit.

    Any tips/advice or insights gratefully received.
     
  2. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
    19,220
    Male
    North Manchester
    You don't say which part of Greater Manchester, I am in Greater Manchester and come under Pennine Care Foundation Trust.

    ...We also offer home visits and services are fully accessible for disabled users...

    ...Patients are referred to the Community Dental Service by letter from their own dentist, or by another healthcare professional such as a GP, health visitor or school nurse....

    https://www.penninecare.nhs.uk/your-services/dental-services/

    I would have thought that other Foundation Trusts had similar arrangements, see if the GP can arrange a referral.
     
  3. canary

    canary Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    10,773
    Female
    South coast
    Im on the south coast and there is a similar arrangement
     
  4. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,740
    Female
    London
    I think we self-referred. We had a home visit from them recently and the female dentist had him wrapped round her little finger. He laughed and smiled and opened his mouth wide. Brilliant service.
     
  5. MerryWive

    MerryWive Registered User

    Mar 20, 2015
    55
    We are in London, had some kind of community dentist service come round a couple of times, the woman was brilliant actually as we also have a very hard time trying to clean mum-in-laws teeth. I think it was a referral via the GP or possibly via district nurses, definitely not via a dentist as she hasn't seen one of those in years.
     

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