In Nursing Homes, an Epidemic of Poor Dental Hygiene

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August 4th, 2013

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Judith Jones, Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Katherine Ford visited her father, Dean Piercy, a World War II veteran with dementia, at a nursing home in Roanoke, Va., for months before she noticed the dust on his electric toothbrush…

Expert quote:

“I always say you can measure quality in a nursing home by looking in people’s mouths, because it’s one of the last things to be taken care of. Aides change someone’s Depends, change a catheter or turn somebody every few hours, but teeth often don’t get brushed twice a day.”

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