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Residents In Care Homes ‘Missing Out On Dental Care’

June 24, 2019
by BBC

The teeth of people living in care homes in England are being left to rot, dentists say.

The warning comes after the Care Quality Commission found that residents did not always have access to dentists and were not getting the support they needed to look after their teeth.

Its inspectors visited 100 homes caring for elderly and disabled people.

It comes as the British Dental Association highlighted a number of distressing cases of decay and neglect.

How the vulnerable are being failed

These included a blind, 93-year-old woman with advanced dementia whose dentures had become stuck in her mouth because they had been left in for weeks and her gums had grown around them.

She was taken to A&E and the dentures had to be surgically removed.

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