Presentation Title

The Silver Lining: Addressing Oral Health Needs for the Elderly Residing in Long-Term Care Facilities

Type of Presentation

Workshop

Strand

Caregiving

Target Audience

Practitioners, Older Adults, Students

I have worked in long term care facilities as a dental hygienist for over 15 years. My husband and I have owned our own mobile dental company for 5 years. Saving our Seniors from becoming sick due to poor oral conditions is our life purpose.

Location

Session 1 Breakouts

Start Date

10-15-2020 12:45 PM

End Date

10-15-2020 1:45 PM

Abstract

The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA ’87) requires all long-term care facilities (LTCF) that receive Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement to provide their residents with access to dental care. Yet, despite the act, as many as 70% of residents in LTCF have been found to have unacceptable levels of oral hygiene exhibiting signs of periodontal disease, caries, and oral-facial pain. This course will discuss the oral health status of the elderly residing in LTCF and the relationship this has on oral and systemic health. A review will be provided on the relationship between the oral manifestations and oral complications of common systemic diseases with a strong emphasis on pneumonia. Establishing interdisciplinary oral health care protocols and assessment guides will conclude the course.

Comments

Oral care is often overlooked when it comes to aging adults in long-term care facilities. I want to bring awareness to this and help save our seniors.

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Oct 15th, 12:45 PM Oct 15th, 1:45 PM

The Silver Lining: Addressing Oral Health Needs for the Elderly Residing in Long-Term Care Facilities

Session 1 Breakouts

The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA ’87) requires all long-term care facilities (LTCF) that receive Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement to provide their residents with access to dental care. Yet, despite the act, as many as 70% of residents in LTCF have been found to have unacceptable levels of oral hygiene exhibiting signs of periodontal disease, caries, and oral-facial pain. This course will discuss the oral health status of the elderly residing in LTCF and the relationship this has on oral and systemic health. A review will be provided on the relationship between the oral manifestations and oral complications of common systemic diseases with a strong emphasis on pneumonia. Establishing interdisciplinary oral health care protocols and assessment guides will conclude the course.