Although health care systems are concerned with a broad range of factors and services that affect the health of Canadians, oral health care has historically been absent from health care discussions. Canadians are living longer than previous generations and are also aging with a greater percentage of natural teeth. This results in new patterns of disease and greater challenges for providing care to dependent older adults.Approximately one-third of Canadians over the age of 80 live in some form of long-term care residence. Mouth care is an integral part of daily personal care. However, it is also known that mouth care is often inadequate for those who depend on others to carry out tasks of daily living. Oral health has been given low priority in long-term care. Oral health and oral hygiene status amongst dependent older adults is poor.This places them at risk for oral diseases and dysfunction, and greatly impacts quality of life.
Content supplied by the Brushing Up on Mouth Care Program http://www.ahprc.dal.ca/projects/oral-care/