Examining oral health in nursing home residents and overcoming mouth care-resistive behaviors

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  • Nursing home residents are a group with significant health disparities in the area of oral health. Poor oral health can place nursing home residents at risk for developing pneumonia, exhibiting poor glycemic control if already diabetic, and increasing cardiovascular disease. The majority of nursing home residents arrive with some or all of their dentition but without the resources to continue preventive dental care-Medicare does not reimburse for routine dental care and Medicaid either does not reimburse for this service or reimburses so poorly, few providers will accept it. The onus of mouth care falls on nursing assistants; many admit to failing to provide mouth care because of mouth care-resistive behaviors. Clinicians in nursing homes can model specific methods to reduce mouth care-resistive behaviors (for example, bridging, priming, and avoiding elderspeak) and share these techniques with the nursing assistants responsible for providing mouth care.
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  • Jablonski RA
  • Start Page

  • 21
  • End Page

  • 26
  • Volume

  • 18
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  • 1