Oral care improves nutritional status in dependent elderly show a japanese study.
53 nursing home residents were included in the study. Which got a group of professional oral care three times weekly for a year. A second group served as the control.
When the year had elapsed, had people in both groups, among the second measured their BMI and cholesterol, and the figures were then compared.
In mundplejegruppen found no decrease in the above indicators, while in the control group measured significant decline over the past year. The authors behind the study concludes that oral care is important for nursing home residents – it helps to maintain a good nutritional status.
Read more in Tandlægebladet no. 2 2010 or on the www.tandlaegebladet.dk