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Poor Oral Hygiene in Long-Term Care

Stein, Pamela S. DMD; Henry, Robert G. DMD, MPH

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: June 2009 - Volume 109 - Issue 6 - pp 44-50
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000352472.70993.3b
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The poor oral care given to vulnerable patients in long-term care settings can have serious consequences, including increased risk of stroke, heart disease, and pneumonia. Nurses can take action by making sure supplies are in place, promoting oral care to all direct care staff and administrators, and making evidence-based recommendations during resident care conferences.

The poor oral care given to vulnerable patients in long-term care settings can have serious consequences, including increased risk of stroke, heart disease, and pneumonia. Nurses can take action by making sure supplies are in place, promoting oral care to all direct care staff and administrators, and making evidence-based recommendations during resident care conferences.

Pamela S. Stein is an assistant professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and Robert G. Henry is chief of dental services at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center, both in Lexington, KY.

Contact author: Pamela S. Stein, pam.stein@uky.edu

Pamela S. Stein receives funding from the Kentucky Department of Public Health (P02 728 0800015461) for her role as the geriatric oral health consultant for the state of Kentucky. The authors have disclosed no significant ties, financial or otherwise, to any company that might have an interest in the publication of this educational activity.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.