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Perio charting in nursing facilities

I work for a mobile dental company that provides services to patients in assisted living facilities and the elderly who are home bound. The majority of our patients are memory care, so they are not always compliant in the dental chair. We have to get in there and do the best we can. Is perio charting required in this situation?

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I reached out to one of the Today’s RDH writers, Melissa Turner, who runs the closed Facebook group I Heart Mobile Dentistry to get a answer for you. She said, “My answer is a resounding YES, perio charting still needs to be completed (if only PSR). Standard of care and best practices and all that…but also the biggest thing is related to data. If a clinician can show perio charting has improved, then that is quantifiable data that can be used to show the administration the effectiveness of her mobile program and will also allow her to apply for grants and things like that. Mobile services lacks quantifiable data right now.”
Though it may be difficult, Melissa makes a very good point as to why your best attempt should be made besides just abiding by standard of care. I hope this helps!

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