PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 21, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Dr. Mo Saleh
is a dentist who created his Dental Dynamics practice in 2001 in Oregon. He has since experienced enough success to be able to expand his practice to include another location in the Pearl District of Portland, Oregon. Now, Dr. Saleh is issuing comment on a new article from The New York Times that discusses oral hygiene concerns in nursing homes.
In nursing homes across the country, residents are facing a number of oral hygiene issues. This includes gum disease, cavities, and cracked teeth. While some of this has to do with the aging process, a number of these problems stem from poor oral care in these facilities. Many nursing home staff members do not have the proper training to provide the extensive oral hygiene services that these individuals now require. In addition to this problem, many nurses are so overwhelmed with daily tasks (like providing life-saving medication) that brushing teeth falls to the bottom of the priority list.
Dr. Judith A. Jones, chairwoman of the department of general dentistry at Boston University, comments on this issue stating, "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 can change someone's Depends, change a catheter, or turn somebody every few hours, but teeth often don't get brushed twice a day."
Though there are currently no national assessments of oral health in nursing homes, since 2011 seven states have evaluated residents using an informal survey. In Kansas, dental hygienists took a look at 540 residents living in 20 different long-term care facilities. Roughly 30 percent of those individuals were experiencing "substantial oral debris on at least two-thirds of their teeth" states the report. More than one in three people had untreated decay.
In Wisconsin, nearly 1,100 residents were surveyed. Roughly 31 percent had teeth broken to the gums, while 35 percent were dealing with oral debris. Findings were similar in facilities in upstate New York and Texas.
Though nursing home staff members who are overworked and undertrained remain a concern, the fact is that many residents also refuse oral care. They decline help brushing their teeth, but then are unable to do it on their own. It is also true that many residents arrive at the facility with poor oral hygiene, and have gone a significant number of years without visiting a dentist.
"It is clear that this is a very serious concern. Poor oral hygiene can lead to a substantial number of other health problems. It's important that the management teams in these facilities find a way to shift priorities to ensure that oral care is at the top of the list. It may also be beneficial for residents to get educated about what they can do to care for their teeth and why these actions matter," explains Dr. Mo Saleh.
Dr. Mo Saleh
is the creator of Dental Dynamics, which he founded in 2001 in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Since then, he has opened another practice in the Pearl District of Portland, Oregon. His goal is to make each client's visit to the dentist a pain-free and pleasant experience. The practice was created with luxury and relaxation in mind, and provides innovative services in a comfortable environment.