Journal article

Dental caries in Victorian nursing homes

M Silva, M Hopcraft, M Morgan

Australian Dental Journal | WILEY | Published : 2014

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The poor oral health of nursing home residents is the cause of substantial morbidity and has major implications relating to health care policy. The aim of this study was to measure dental caries experience in Australians living in nursing homes, and investigate associations with resident characteristics. METHODS: Clinical dental examinations were conducted on 243 residents from 19 nursing homes in Melbourne. Resident characteristics were obtained from nursing home records and interviews with residents, family and nursing home staff. Two dental examiners assessed coronal and root dental caries using standard ICDAS-II criteria. RESULTS: Residents were elderly, medically compromised..

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