Event Title

Oral Health and Hygiene in Long-term Care Facilities

Presenter Information

Katie Watson, Nursing

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Jean Coffey

Location

Hartman Union Building Courtroom

Presentation Type

Event

Start Date

5-3-2018 4:00 PM

End Date

5-3-2018 5:00 PM

Abstract

The purpose of this literature review is to review selected literature pertinent to improving oral health and hygiene in long-term care facilities. This paper looks at five different primary source peer-reviewed articles relevant to the subject of oral health. These articles were selected to find the best intervention that will improve oral health and hygiene for residents in long-term care facilities. Upon reviewing the literature, it was found that both education among caregivers and proper equipment for oral hygiene are both very important interventions needed to improve the oral hygiene that residents receive within long-term care facilities. With the current research, it is hard to discern which of the two interventions truly provides the most improvement in oral health for those in long-term care facilities. Both interventions have the potential to improve oral health and hygiene among those in long-term care facilities. With this knowledge, a practice change of improving education about oral health and hygiene is needed as well as supplying the facilities with the proper equipment is suggested.

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May 3rd, 4:00 PM May 3rd, 5:00 PM

Oral Health and Hygiene in Long-term Care Facilities

Hartman Union Building Courtroom

The purpose of this literature review is to review selected literature pertinent to improving oral health and hygiene in long-term care facilities. This paper looks at five different primary source peer-reviewed articles relevant to the subject of oral health. These articles were selected to find the best intervention that will improve oral health and hygiene for residents in long-term care facilities. Upon reviewing the literature, it was found that both education among caregivers and proper equipment for oral hygiene are both very important interventions needed to improve the oral hygiene that residents receive within long-term care facilities. With the current research, it is hard to discern which of the two interventions truly provides the most improvement in oral health for those in long-term care facilities. Both interventions have the potential to improve oral health and hygiene among those in long-term care facilities. With this knowledge, a practice change of improving education about oral health and hygiene is needed as well as supplying the facilities with the proper equipment is suggested.