How widespread is pain and discomfort among the homebound elderly? According to Oral health status and needs of homebound elderly in an urban home-based primary care service, an article published in Special Care in Dentistry (December 2012)*, the problem is real and very common.
The article is based on a study of the oral health, dental utilization and dental needs of homebound elderly patients within the Mount Sinai Visiting Doctor program. Key findings:
- 40% needed restorative dental care
- 45.6% needed dental extractions
- 33% complained of current oral pain.
- 92.0% needed some type of dental care and
- 96% stated that they had not seen a dentist since they became homebound
The bottom line:
oral health status of these homebound elderly was poor and their quality of life was significantly affected by the lack of basic dental care
If you are caring for an elderly or disabled homebound patient in the Tri-State area, help is available. Call The Homeward Bound Dentist today to make an appointment.
Gluzman, R., Meeker, H., Agarwal, P., Patel, S., Gluck, G., Espinoza, L., Ornstein, K., Soriano, T. and Katz, R.V. (2012), Oral health status and needs of homebound elderly in an urban home-based primary care service. Special Care in Dentistry. doi: 10.1111/j.1754-4505.2012.00316.x