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Welcome to CareNotes. In this special section we will feature a reader's letter and provide an opportunity for an interactive exchange that will help find some answers and possible solutions to concerns. If you wish to respond to this letter, simple follow the link provided at the end of the letter and add your comments and thoughts to our CareNotes Board.

This Week's Carenote - 03/29/11

My mother, who is 83 years of age, suffers from dementia. She loves to chew on her gums when her teeth are not in her mouth. How can I redirect her from doing that? Or do I just live with it?
 
JB

 

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Name: Suzie
Location: Massachusetts
Date: 03/31/2011
Time: 09:57 AM

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Have you tried only removing the teeth for the 3 minutes it takes Polident to work? (plus a minute or two for you to brush them, while encouraging her to brush her gums, tongue) Let her sleep with them in her mouth. Check with her dentist to see if it's ok to sleep with her dentures in.


Name: Debra
Location: TX
Date: 03/29/2011
Time: 07:12 AM

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She may be obsessed with not having her teeth in; maybe she is forgetting that they aren't in and is trying to push them into place, without having the dentures in. Perhaps the distraction of a hard candy would sooth her mouth and habit.


 







 

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