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    Mom is Picking
    An_263145 posted:
    Hi everyone, My mother has alzheimer's and is picking at her teeth. She has lost 3 so far and we are at a loss as to how to stop this. Any suggestions????
    davedsel2 responded:

    I'm sorry this is happening to your mother and with your family. It would seem best to ask your mother's doctor about this. We can't give medical advice in any WebMD community and no doctor replies to posts in this Alzheimer's community.

    You can also go to the Alzheimer's Association website at You can find a local chapter, as sell as forums there where you can discuss this with someone.

    I pray you find answers soon.
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    cjh1203 responded:
    I, too, am sorry that your mother and family are dealing with this.

    In addition to Dave's excellent advice, I would suggest having your mother seen by a periodontist if you haven't already. My best guess about this is that her teeth or gums hurt, and she's not able to express it. She might also have -- or think -- food is stuck in her teeth. Does she pick at them mostly after meals? Is it better after her teeth are brushed?

    It's possible, too, that it's just something to do with her hands. Does she keep busy with things like puzzles? If she's not active enough, it could just be a nervous tic.

    I hope you're able to find out what the problem is before she loses any more teeth -- I know that's upsetting to all of you.

    Best wishes-

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