Healthy teeth and gums can contribute to the overall health and well-being of older populations, according to an article recently published by Wanda L. Coleman, a four-year SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene student.
Coleman’s article, “Root Caries: Increased Risk in Nursing Home Facilities,” in the Nov. 2009 edition of Access, a publication of the American Dental Hygienists Association.
“The increasing size of the geriatric population and new knowledge about the link between oral and overall health makes it more and more evident that oral health care providers will need to be more prepared to treat older patients,” Coleman said. “The primary concern in nursing home facilities is the total care of the patient, including the health of their teeth and gums.”
Her research addresses the prevalence of dental decay for elder Americans in nursing home environments. It also highlights preventative practices for dental and medical professionals can do to enhance the dental care for the aging population.
“Research has become increasingly important in advancing the practice of dental hygiene,” noted Dental Hygiene Professor Susan Willette. “Through research we develop new techniques, materials, and treatments and it impacts education, and public health policy. We place an emphasis on continuing research in the four-year Dental Hygiene program.”
Coleman has been a clinical dental hygienist for 30 years and is a dental hygiene instructor at Southeastern Technical College in Vidalia, Georgia. She is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene entirely online through SUNY Canton OL.
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