Written by Dentistry Today Monday, 02 May 2011 15:06
Nurses who treat dementia patients now have an added task. It’s essential for the nurses to make sure their patients maintain good dental hygiene.
Since poor oral health can lead to other health problems, it’s necessary for the dementia patients to have dental work done. But since they aren’t capable of remembering it or doing it themselves, they need their caretakers to handle the matter.
The new approach is called Managing Oral Hygiene Using Threat Reduction (MOUTh) and the program is tailored toward dementia patients. The form of care revolves around making the patient feel at ease when the care is being provided, as well as interacting with the patient.