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Dementia Caregivers: Gingivitis problem?

Posted Nov 10 2008 4:46pm

Just when you thought that dementia caregivers had enough to deal with, now we find out the their teeth are in danger too.  A new study recently cited in the Journal of Periodontology (and mentioned on alzinfo.org )is suggesting that physical stress that occurs over a long period of time may lead to increased gum bleeding or gingivitis.  Dementia caregivers are certainly a group with high levels of stress.

I just picture the caregiver of the person with dementia, rendering oral care on a regular basis to their dementia family member or client.  While this activity is going on, along with numerous other stressful tasks of dementia caregiving, their own physical health is slowly fading away.  Faced with little free time, I wonder how many caregivers take care of themselves properly?  I think that more and more research will be coming out to show that we need to take care of the caregivers too!

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