What can I do about Mom's tooth loss?

1 answer | Last updated: Oct 03, 2016
A fellow caregiver asked...

Mom keeps losing her teeth. This time for good. I need to bring her to the dentist, what solution is there. The same solution will have the same result. help

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Carolyn Rosenblatt, R.N. and Attorney is the author of author of The Boomer's Guide to Aging Parents. She has over 40 years of combined experience in her two professions. As a nurse, she has extensive experience with geriatrics, chronic illness, pain management, dementias, disability, family dynamics, and death and dying. As a trial attorney, she advocated for for the rights of injured individuals and neglected elders. She is also co-founder of AgingParents.com.

You ask about your mom losing her teeth. Of course, you are right to see that she needs to get to a dentist. Sometimes tooth loss is caused by chronic gum disease, which can be successfully treated. It is important to try to help her keep any remaining natural teeth. It is also important for her chewing, her comfort and overall nutrition and her appearance to get dentures or replacements for the teeth she has lost. Your mom is not losing teeth without any explanation. Find out what is going on in her mouth and get her the help she needs as soon as you can. She needs your help seeing a dentist about this right away.