The effectiveness of sponge-type intraoral applicators for applying topical fluorides in institutionalized older adults.

R. H. Saunders, E. Davila, A. L. Hayes, J. Fu, Domenick Zero

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Abstract

Many older adults who reside in nursing homes have disabilities which limit their capacity to benefit from the usual protocols for prevention of dental caries. This is a report of a study of the effectiveness of an alternative method of applying topical fluoride in the institutionalized elderly. Fluoride gel (1.1% NaF) was applied to the facial tooth surfaces of 10 elderly nursing home residents using a sponge-type intraoral applicator (IA). Subsequently, the same subjects rinsed with a commercial fluoride solution (0.05% NaF). Salivary fluoride levels were then assessed by the Taves (1968) method. The IA with fluoride produced significantly higher salivary fluoride levels over a period of three hours compared with rinsing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)224-228
Number of pages5
JournalSpecial care in dentistry : official publication of the American Association of Hospital Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped, and the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry
Volume14
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1994
Externally publishedYes

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