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Vol. 72, No. 5
ISSN: 1488-2159
June 2006


The Development, Implementation, Utilization and Outcomes of a Comprehensive Dental Program for Older Adults Residing in Long-Term Care Facilities


• Chris C.L. Wyatt, DMD, MSc, FRCD(C) •
• Frankie H.C. So, BDS, MDS, FCDHSK, FHKAM •
• P. Michele Williams, BSN, DMD, FRCD(C) •
• Akber Mithani, B Med Sci, MD •
• Christopher M. Zed, BSc, MBA, DDS •
• Edwin H.K. Yen, DDS, Dip Ortho, PhD •

A b s t r a c t

This paper documents the experience of the University of British Columbia's Geriatric Dentistry Program (GDP) with emphasis on the dental treatment needs of patients during its first year of operation. The GDP provided access to dental care for residents of longterm care facilities, education for hospital staff concerning daily mouth care, education of dental students and an opportunity for research. The first year of clinical activity saw a small, yet significant, improvement in oral health for residents using the dental services. We hope that the outcomes of this new dental program for long-term care facilities will encourage dentists to provide care for this vulnerable population.


MeSH Key Words: dental care for aged; health services need & demand; nursing homes; outcome assessment (health care)
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