80% of KY Nursing Homes Provide Inadequate Oral Health Care

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May 5, 2011 – Bowling Green, Kentucky – Daily Markets reports that according to the 2005 Kentucky Elder Oral Health Survey, 80% of nursing homes in Kentucky are providing inadequate oral health care.

Almost one-third of residents in the survey had not seen a dentist in more than 5 years and suffered from problems such as bleeding gums and pain. This is despite the fact that nursing home facilities are mandated by law to provide oral health care to their residents.

New focus is being put on this problem with the recent case of a resident in a Hickman County nursing home developing a life-threatening gum infection because his dentures had become corroded. They had been left inside his mouth for 6 months and apparently no one on staff knew the man wore them.

Poor oral health can lead to other complications such as stroke, infection and heart disease. If your loved one has been injured and it was the result of a failure to receive proper oral health care, you should immediately consult with a Kentucky nursing home abuse attorney.

An attorney will take the time to look over the facts in your case and determine if you have a valid claim worth pursuing.

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