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Nursing Research and Practice
Volume 2012, Article ID 157874, 10 pages
Research Article

Infusing Oral Health Care into Nursing Curriculum: Addressing Preventive Health in Aging and Disability

1Department of Nursing, College of Health and Human Services, University of New Hampshire, 4 Library Way, Hewitt Hall Room 279, Durham, NH 03824-3563, USA
2UCLA School of Nursing, Factor Building, P.O. Box 956919, Los Angeles, CA 90095-6919, USA
3University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, 2155 Webster Street, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
4Living Healthy with a Disability Program, California Department of Public Health, 1616 Capitol Avenue, Suite 74-660, P.O. Box 997377, MS 7214, Sacramento, CA 95899, USA

Received 1 October 2011; Revised 8 December 2011; Accepted 29 December 2011

Academic Editor: Stefanie Russell

Copyright © 2012 Joan Earle Hahn et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Supplementary Material

Dental Assessment for the Nondentist: This form provides an instruction sheet to guide assessment using a series of questions and decision-making based on two protocols. The first protocol guides the decision for dental follow-up as routine, emergent, or urgent. The second protocol guides the decision about recommendations for help or accommodations for the person with disability on oral preventive education and if oral health training is indicated for a caregiver.

Oral Health-Screening Exam Results: This form is used to record oral health assessment results and possible treatment needs. A checklist is used to identify recommendations for oral health providers based on the client’s ability to engage in the oral health assessment.

Oral Health Prevention Plan: This form is used to record a preventive oral health plan encompassing, as needed, documentation of physical skills, a behavioral plan, special aids, denture care, other preventive actions (e.g., fluoride rinse, and record of dental visits, location), and special considerations for follow-up by oral health care providers.

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