Best Practice: Dental Care for Nursing Home Residents
Dental care is much more than keeping your teeth shiny and bright. Proper oral hygiene, healthy gums and strong teeth are directly related to a nursing home resident’s ability to fight infection and maintain proper nutrition and weight.
Crowne Health Care of Mobile has demonstrated this and more since implementing an onsite dental program in 2013. Under the “Healthy Seniors Dental Program,” enrolled residents receive cleanings and examinations at the nursing home from a local dentist and dental hygienist.
The nursing home resident’s comfort is front and center with this program. Residents receive care in their nursing home which eliminates the stress and anxiety of traveling to an appointment. Residents don’t have to transition to a traditional dental chair which is beneficial for those who have difficulty transferring.
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