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Interfaces of geriatric nursing and dental care

Marion Creutzberg, Dalva Padilha, Cássia da Silva Ricalcati, Fernanda Salazar Meira

Abstract


ealth providers have overlooked the dental health of the elderly. Interdisciplinary actions should be urgently promoted to change the current state of dental care delivery for the elderly. The purpose of this study was to analyze the content about oral health in textbooks commonly adopted in nursing graduate courses. Contents were classified into five categories: Oral health in nursing care; The aging changes and pathologies that affect oral health; Purposes of oral hygiene; Material used in dental care procedure; Dental care procedure. The analysis of these categories revealed that textbooks’ priority focus is on the procedure. Discussion of patients’ referral to dentists is rare, which shows that oral health is only partially assigned to these professionals. Geriatric nursing and dental care are faced with the challenge of working in association to review concepts and implement actions leading to more adequate dental care for the elderly.


Keywords


Geriatric Nursing; Dental Care for Aged; Oral Health; Oral Hygiene.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.17665/1676-4285.20044918