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Study finds dementia, hospice, and length of stay indicate poorer oral hygiene

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The factors most strongly associated with poor oral hygiene scores included having dementia, being on hospice care, and longer stay. Study details available at:  Zimmerman S, Austin S, Cohen L, Reed D, Poole P, Ward K, Sloane PD. (2017). Readily identifiable risk factors of nursing home residents' oral hygiene: dementia, hospice, and length of stay. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 65(11), 2516-2521.

Improving Mouth Care in New York

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The Foundation for Quality Care has received two separate grants to bring Mouth Care Without a Battle to their nursing homes.  The most recent effort is training staff from 24 nursing homes to improve daily oral health care through on-site and remote education, and ongoing coaching.

Study to evaluate Mouth Care Without a Battle finds as little as 8 weeks of mouth care significantly improves oral hygiene

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Study to evaluate Mouth Care Without a Battle finds that as little as 8 weeks of mouth care can significantly improve oral hygiene outcomes. Study details available at:  Sloane, PD, Zimmerman S, Chen X, Barrick AL, Poole P, Reed D, Mitchell CM, Cohen LW. (2013). Effect of a person-centered mouth care intervention on care processes and outcomes in three nursing homes.  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 61(7), 1158-1163.