Unlike years ago, it is estimated that one-half to three-quarters of all nursing home residents today keep their own teeth into old age – probably the result of greater health awareness and education as well as fluoridated water. This situation has created a predicament for the residents in nursing homes as caregivers often lack the expertise or time needed to maintain good daily dental care. Poor dental care can lead to stroke, arterial disease, and pneumonia.
Does your nursing home provide on-site dental professionals? Does your Administrator believe that good dental care is important to good overall health? You better ask!
Read these articles for more information on this topic:
Oral Health in Nursing Homes Rated Poor
Oral Healthcare of Elderly People