HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A new survey by Connecticut health officials has found that more than half of nursing home residents have untreated tooth decay and more than 40 percent need dental care.
The survey by the state Department of Public Health also found that nearly a third of nursing home residents with no teeth were missing some or all of their dentures.
Health officials say the first-of-its-kind survey shows that many vulnerable, older adults are not receiving the dental care they need.
Officials say more than 400 adults at eight long-term care facilities were screened for dental problems last year. Twelve other long-term care centers declined to participate. The state didn't release the names of the nursing homes.
The health department cautioned the survey results aren't representative of all the state's older population.