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Older Adults

Older Adults

The North Dakota Department of Health, Oral Health Program in collaboration with Bridging the Dental Gap and Northland Community Health Center have successfully implemented an older-adult oral health care program for residents currently residing in long-term care facilities. A team of dental professionals, consisting of a dental hygienist, dental assistant and a dentist visit the facility bimonthly, providing oral health care, in-service training for staff, resident oral health exams, and prevention and restorative care. The program currently serves residents in seven facilities and is looking to expand to an additional facility in the northern part of the state in 2017. The Oral Health Program will continue to engage dentists and other entities across the state to expand and sustain this program.