Caregivers of people with dementia reported an increase in their attitude, knowledge and abilities while delivering oral hygiene care with the help of an app, according to new research from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics and the University of Iowa College of Public Health.
The study explored the use of the Dental.Aging.Tips app as a tool to inform and teach caregivers how to help older adults with their oral health. The report was sponsored by the Delta Dental Institute.
The study’s leaders, Leonardo Marchini, D.D.S., Ph.D., and Sato Ashida, Ph.D., said it was encouraging that the app used in the study was widely accepted and improved caregivers' attitudes, knowledge and abilities to provide oral hygiene care.
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