Dental treatment need in older adults in nursing homes

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Treatment urgency among older adults age 65 and older living in Minnesota nursing homes, 2016

 

Source: Minnesota Department of Health, Oral Health Program. Older Adult Basic Screening Survey.

 

Data is based on an open mouth screening – the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) standardized survey. Analyzable sample size = 944 of 1,032 residents screened within a stratified random sample of 31 Minnesota Medicare or Medicaid eligible skilled nursing facilities with at least 30 beds. Treatment urgency refers to how soon an individual should visit the dentist for clinical diagnosis and any necessary treatment. None: The individual has no obvious pain, infection or swelling. Follow regular dental checkup schedule. Early care need: The individual has untreated tooth decay, but no signs or symptoms that include pain, infection, swelling, broken or missing tooth or filling, or ill-fitting dentures that are difficult to use. Seek dental care within several weeks. Urgent care need: The individual has untreated tooth decay with symptoms that include pain, infection, swelling, or a suspicious lesion. Seek care within 24 to 48 hours. See About the Data: Basic Screening Survey for Older Adults for more information.

In 2016, 42 percent of older adults had an early or urgent dental care need, also referred to as treatment urgency. There were no significant differences in the proportion of older adults with an early or urgent dental care need by sex or age group. Race and ethnicity could not be analyzed due to the low proportion of non-White or Hispanic residents in the sample.


 

Periodontal care need among older adults age 65 and older living in Minnesota nursing homes, 2016

 

Source: Minnesota Department of Health, Oral Health Program. Older Adult Basic Screening Survey.

 

Data is based on an open mouth screening – the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) standardized survey. Analyzable sample size = 944 of 1,032 residents screened within a stratified random sample of 31 Minnesota Medicare or Medicaid eligible skilled nursing facilities with at least 30 beds. Periodontal care need was not measured for 272 residents (unknown = 20 and complete tooth loss = 252). See About the Data: Basic Screening Survey for Older Adults for more information.

In 2016, about 6 percent of older adults had a periodontal care need. There were no significant differences in the proportion of older adults with a periodontal care need by sex or age group. Race and ethnicity could not be analyzed due to the low proportion of non-White or Hispanic residents in the sample.

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