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Poor oral health a sign of nursing home neglect, study says

Posted on January 15, 2015 2:19 pm under Nursing Home Abuse

In a 2013 study published in Science Direct entitled, ‘The importance of oral health in (frail) elderly people – a review,’ researchers found that frail and disabled people in a long term care home have a higher chance of dental health deterioration.

Researchers learned that elderly people in the nursing homes are prone to poor oral health due to many different factors, including neglected professional care. The study further underscored the urgency of health care providers, policymakers, and scientists to introduce changes that would improve oral health in care homes.

Nursing home staff sometimes fail to realize how important it is for nursing home residents to achieve and maintain good oral health status. Unfortunately, poor dental health may be indicative of more serious conditions, such as infections, and lung and heart diseases. If you have noticed any sign of nursing home abuse and neglect, do not hesitate to fight for justice and compensation. Speak with an attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® to learn more about the legal avenues available to you. Call our Milwaukee office at (414) 271-0900 to get legal help today.