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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Steps for Examining the Oral Cavity in Elderly Patients with Dentures

Oral health is recognized as an integral part of the overall health of an individual. However, according to the Institute of Medicine, there are many patients, especially in long-term care who suffer from overlooked oral health conditions because of the separation between dental care and health care.
This brief tip sheet from Annals of Long-Term Care, published in March 2014, provides healthcare providers with tips on how to conduct an examination of the oral cavity in elderly patients who have dentures (or other removable devices). The tip sheet includes step by step instructions with pictures - beginning with examining the oral cavity with the dentures in the mouth, then with the dentures removed from the mouth, and finally recommended procedures for a swallowing test.
This resource can be accessed here:

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