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Part 2: Oral health care for the housebound patient

British journal of community nursing | 31 Dec 2016

D Critchlow
Abstract
Oral disease can have a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of the housebound patient. The aetiology of oral conditions such as dental caries and periodontal disease have been well investigated and there is a solid evidence base in how to best prevent their progress. The Department of Health document Delivering better oral health: an evidence-based toolkit for prevention is a valuable resource that outlines the current best preventative evidence in the form of practical advice for clinicians and patients. This article aims to distil and present this advice for the benefit of community nurses. It will identify areas of particular importance for people with additional needs, particularly the elderly and infirm. Outlining how to best tailor preventative advice and treatment for this patient group.
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Dental caries, Illness, Health care provider, Periodontitis, The Canon of Medicine, Halitosis, Medicine, Dentistry
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