A Report of Oral Screenings of Residents of Two Nebraska Nursing Homes
Authors: Wilson, Teddi; Gembica, Amanda
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene, Number 4, Fall 1st October 2004 , pp. 22-22(1)
Publisher: American Dental Hygienists' Association
Abstract:Purpose. The purpose of this paper is to provide a report of the oral health screenings of the residents of two nursing homes.
Methods. Since 1990, dental hygiene students have performed oral screenings for residents of two nursing homes in Grand Island and Hastings, Nebraska. Beginning in the fall of 2003, a dentist contracted to provide services with the nursing home. Dental hygiene students were then able to work under general supervision of the dentist, provide prophylactic procedures for those in need, and refer the residents to a dentist or physician if their screenings revealed anything abnormal.
Results. In the fall of 2003, 104 nursing home residents were screened to determine the need for cleanings. Twenty-nine residents were screened in the Grand Island nursing home, and nine received prophylactic procedures by dental hygiene students. In the Hastings nursing home, 75 residents were screened and 10 received prophylactic procedures by dental hygiene students.
Conclusion. No attempt was made to evaluate the effectiveness of this screening activity. However, these oral screenings were likely beneficial to the residents who were screened because they were provided preventive services and additional oral care needs were identified.
Document Type: Abstract
Publication date: Fall 2004
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