How nurses can support and improve the mouth care of people with learning disabilities
Limited access to good dental care during COVID-19 lockdowns meant some service users had little option but to go to the emergency department
- People with learning disabilities are more likely to have teeth removed than restored if they experience tooth decay
- Service users have higher rates of gum disease and missing teeth, as well as increased rates of toothlessness and plaque levels
- Convoluted referral systems and delays in specialist services for people with complex needs or behaviours that challenge means access to suitable dental care can be a struggle
Three years ago, following surgery to remove all her teeth, a Worcestershire nursing home resident died at the age of 49.
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