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Hi,
Thanks everyone for your responses. This is what played out. On June 26th, before I wrote, she started having swelling on her right cheek where some of the teeth were located. I called into the dentist who asked that she start on amoxycillin right away leading up to the extractions, which were scheduled for July 2nd. The day after I posted, on the 28th, she was noticeably weaker. I don't know if it was the antibiotics or the infection. In any case, at that point I was happy we had the extractions scheduled. She had 5 teeth removed the 2nd. The doctor found a lot of infection and large abcessed areas. She had a really tough time with her recovery and is still getting her strength back. Not a lot of mouth pain but just huge general weakness and fatigue,. sleeping much more than usual. We went for a follow-up today and so far he says she's healing well but there was a lot of packed food in her mouth which he was very unhappy about – saying she won't heal and will become infected unless her mouth gets better cleaned twice per day. This is going to be a challenge for her helpers. I am going to speak with each of them about it individually and hope they can cope with it. I don't know if this is something they will feel comfortable practically doing for her at this point (gently), as she is unable to do it on her own….

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Replies to "Hi, Thanks everyone for your responses. This is what played out. On June 26th, before I..."

A water flosser might help but it would have to be gentle.

Hello @hilsy, I appreciate your post about your mom's progress since her teeth were extracted. It sounds like it is a difficult recovery down the road. Palliative care is not the same as home care. Home care workers simply help with household and personal care needs, like grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, errands, etc.

Palliative Care is about medical treatment for comfort care. I'll post the link that explains it,
https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/palliative-care/in-depth/palliative-care/art-20047525. You can talk with your parents' doctor to see if he/she knows of a palliative care medical team in your area.

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