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LSU School of Dentistry
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President's LDA Journal Artical
A Louisiana Population In-Need
Access to oral health care for nursing home residents is a significant concern for Louisiana. As this population grows, the need to focus on and provide pragmatic solutions to the current barriers becomes an important priority.
In 2015 Louisiana had 25,845 of its residents in these facilities. 1 These statistics are poised to increase along with the average life span, projections indicate the number of older adults living in nursing homes will double between 2000 and 2050.2
For those living in nursing homes, performing typical daily activities, such as bathing, dressing, transferring and eating, requires assistance from caregivers.2 Studies over the years show the dental industry that caregivers in these facilities do not provide oral care for numerous reasons, including limited education and time restraints. The mouth, while the center of our world, is not the center of theirs. 3
Compared with previous generations which nursing home residents had very few teeth, the current aging population is more likely to retain their natural dentition which increases the need for oral hygiene care to prevent as well as screen for dental issues that may impact oral function and quality of life. Another contributing factor is the variety of medications elderly patients are prescribed, many of which wield negative oral health outcomes.
Oral hygiene care is a fundamental requirement, especially for residents of nursing homes, who tend to experience oral disease disproportionately when compared to their counterparts who live at home.2 This attention should be provided by dentists and dental hygienists to adequately to meet the increasing need.
Louisiana’s entire dental community has a task ahead of them when contemplating the care of its elderly population. Louisiana Dental Hygienists are trained, prepared and enthusiastic to be an integral part of this mission.
Joanna Peters, RDH, BA, BS – President, LDHA
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