Oral Health and Caregivers

Oral health is important for everyone. A healthy mouth helps people avoid pain from infections and tooth loss that can affect a person’s nutrition, speech, and overall health.

Caregivers play an important role in helping people with a disability, or a special health care need maintain good oral health. They help individuals with their daily dental care and regular visits to the dentist. Click here for helpful tips to make daily dental care easier for caregivers.

Caregiver Resources

A caregiver provides care to someone who needs help taking care of themselves. The person who needs help may be a child, an adult, or an older adult. They may need help because of an injury, disability, or a special health care need such as Alzheimer’s disease. Some caregivers help with daily tasks, such as dental care, bathing, eating or taking medicine. Caregivers may be family members, friends or paid professionals.

As a caregiver, it is important to take care of yourself as well. Caregiving is not easy for everyone , it may be stressful and sometimes even overwhelming. Remember to take care of your own physical and mental health as well. Make sure that you are:

  • Eating healthy
  • Being active
  • Making time for yourself

Because when you feel better, you can take better care of the person you are caring for.