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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Special Care in Dentistry|
|State||Published - Nov 1994|
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