CDA Essentials 2016 • Volume 3 • Issue 7 - page 13

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The joint statement is the result of a
collaborativeeffort between relevant
stakeholders—oral healthcareproviders,
dental faculties, government, special interest
groups, and relatedhealthprofessionals—
participating in theCanadianOral Health
Roundtable (COHR). Theyearlyevent
aims todevelop “scientifically supported
strategicactions toaddress challenges and
opportunities inoral healthpromotionand
thedeliveryof oral healthcare inCanada.”
Theoral healthcareneedsof those living
inLTC facilitieswasoneof thefirst topics
of interest for COHRparticipants at the
inauguralmeeting in2014. “Theoverall
increasingproportionof seniors alongwith
their considerablyhigher rateof dental
diseases andneed for dental services, the
presenceof barriers todental careaccess
inaddition to the increasingly limited
government funding, justify theconcerns
about access anddeliveryof dental health
services for seniors, particularly those inLTC
facilities,” says theCOHRwebsite.
The
OralHealthCareStandards forResidents in
Long-TermCareFacilities
consensus statement
was approvedby theCDABoardofDirectors
in2016. It replacesCDA’s 2010
Positionon
OralHealthCare forResidents inLong-Term
CareFacilities
.
a
Long-TermCare Facilities
Consensus Statement onOralHealthCareStandards
Recognizing the need
forminimum oral
care requirements
for all residents
of long-term care
(LTC) facilities,
CDA joinedwith22
other organizations
to create a consensus
statement addressing
the issue.
Signatories
AlbertaDentalAssociationandCollege
AssociationofCanadianFacultiesofDentistry
BritishColumbiaDentalAssociation
CanadianAssociationofPublicHealth
Dentistry
CanadianAssociationofSocialWorkers
CanadianDentalAssistantsAssociation
CanadianDentalAssociation
CanadianDentalHygienistsAssociation
CanadianDentalSpecialtiesAssociation
CanadianPharmacistsAssociation
CanadianTeachers’ Federation
CanadianDental TherapistsAssociation
CollegeofDentalSurgeonsofSaskatchewan
DentalAssociationofPrinceEdward Island
HealthCanada
ManitobaDentalAssociation
NewBrunswickDentalSociety
NewfoundlandandLabradorDental
Association
NorthwestTerritoriesandNunavutDental
Association
NovaScotiaDentalAssociation
OntarioDentalAssociation
Patients forPatientsSafetyCanada
YukonDentalAssociation
Consensus Statement
OralHealthCareStandards
forResidents inLong-TermCare inCanada
Given theparticular oral healthchallenges facedby seniors incare facilities and
the importanceof oral health tooverall health, the following shouldbe the
minimumoral care requirements for all residents in long-termcare inCanada:
• Oral healthassessment byanappropriately trainedand licensed/registered
healthprofessional uponadmissionandannually thereafter;
• Beginningas soonaspossibleafter admission, a referral process toadentist
for examination, diagnosis and treatment planning;
• Adailymouthcareplan that is implementedbyappropriately trained staff;
• Suitable infrastructure to support theappropriatedeliveryof neededcare
by theoral health team.
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