Multiple factors impact the successful provision of oral care in America’s nursing homes. After reviewing the importance of oral care in general, the article focuses on the unique challenges of providing oral care to older adults with dementia and explores elements of a comprehensive approach to oral care. The article concludes with emerging evidence-based practices to improve oral care among older adults with dementia in America’s nursing homes.
Dr. Legg is Professor and Chair, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, Kaplan University, School of Nursing, Chicago, Illinois.
The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.
Address correspondence to Timothy J. Legg, PhD, RN-BC, CNHA, GNP-BC, CTRS, Professor and Chair, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, Kaplan University, School of Nursing, 550 West Van Buren Street, 7th Floor, Chicago, IL 60607; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.