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

Ralph H. Saunders, C. Edgar Davila, Abby L. Hayes, Jean Fu, Domenick T. 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
Volume14
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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