Caregiver Resources on Oral Care, Dry Mouth, etc.

Near the end of a New York Times article about the new website — which aims to make it easier to find affordable dental care — there’s reference to four good resources for caregivers:

#1 – 17-minute video on providing daily oral care to someone with dementia.  Though this video is for CNAs and RNs working in nursing homes, all caregivers can find value here.  I suggest starting the video at 3:20; the topic is oral care evaluation.  Or start about 6:00, when the topic is brushing someone’s teeth.  Tooth brush handles are modified about 8:40 and again at 12:15.

#2 – blog post on causes and treatment of dry mouth (xerostomia):

#3 – brochure on causes, symptoms and treatment of dry mouth from NYU Dentistry

#4 – complications for oral health in older age:

Several of the people posting comments on the New York Times article mentioned this resource:

#5 – discount dental plans available from various businesses, such as:
Here’s the info on the New York Times article, though the best parts are the references provided above:

The New Old Age: Caring and Coping
The New York Times
A Guide to Affordable Dental Care
By Catherine Saint Louis
October 8, 2013, 11:57 am