Home care recipients have poorer oral health than nursing ho
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In a recent study, investigators suggest that oral health in older individuals seeking help is better in the nursing home residents than home care recipients.

The study objective was to describe and compare the objective and subjective oral health of older nursing home residents and home care recipients, and to investigate whether oral health is associated with sociodemographic characteristics and the long-term care (LTC) setting.

In two German studies, the oral health of 246 nursing home residents and 90 home care recipients aged above 60 years was assessed objectively using the Oral Health Assessment Tool (OHAT) and subjectively using the Oral Health Impact Profile (OHIP). OHAT and OHIP scores were compared between both settings.

The study result was;
--OHAT and OHIP mean scores in the home care setting were higher compared to the nursing home setting.

--The adjusted odds ratios for poor objective and subjective oral health for home care recipients vs. nursing home residents were 6.71 and 4.92.

--No significant associations with sociodemographic characteristics were found.

Oral health was poor in both settings, but home care recipients were more likely to have poor oral health than nursing home residents. Interventions to improve oral health are needed in the nursing home setting and, even more importantly, in the home care setting.

Journal of Dentistry
Source: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jdent.2021.103607
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