Dental care for elderly – Eight other communities targeted

By Todd Cohen

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Elderly residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and group homes in Guilford County will be getting better dental care, thanks to a new initiative being funded by the Moses Cone-Wesley Long Community Health Foundation.

The foundation has awarded a $361,000 grant to Access Dental Care, a nonprofit sponsored by the North Carolina Dental Society.

Guilford County will be the first of nine North Carolina communities in which Access Dental Care will offer the new program. The other communities have not been selected.

Under the program, two dentists and a dental hygienist and dental assistant will serve 20 facilities, treating residents each month, providing 24-hour emergency coverage and helping facility staff provide daily preventive oral hygiene.

Partners in the project include the Piedmont Triad Area Agency on Aging, Guilford County Health Department, Guilford County Dental Society and Greensboro Area Health Education Center.

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