How can I get my husband's false teeth out to clean them?
Answered by David Troxel
My husband is in advanced stage of AZ. Any tips how to get his false teeth out to clean & soak?
Dental care doesn’t get talked about enough in dementia care. It can be struggle to get teeth brushed or to manage care of dentures.
First, I’d check that his dentures properly fit and that he isn’t having any pain or sores. If he associates the dentures with pain it will add to your difficulties.
Set up a routine—get the dentures out at a certain time of day, perhaps after you’ve had a dessert or played a favorite song to help him relax.
Your husband may not understand verbal requests any more. Be sure to slow down, make eye contact, gesture with your hands what you want him to do, and repeat your request.
I’ve had some family members who actually have taken a picture of the dentures and show the family member what you are trying to do.
It’s never good to engage in a wrestling match to get them out. Hopefully these ideas will help.