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Sonya Dunbar, RDH

Sonya Dunbar, RDH
Sonya Dunbar, also known as the Geriatric Toothfairy, has and over 25 years of dental experience in private practice, skilled nursing facilities, academia, marketing, and has proudly served her country in the United States Navy. For the last 16 years, she has worked in long-term care facilities both as a dental hygienist providing clinical treatment and as a staff trainer providing in-services and hands-on training to the staff, and we cannot forget her very entertaining seminars packed with valuable information on Geriatric oral care. That experience has afforded her the opportunity to learn the concerns, desires, needs, and expectations of patients and their families, as well as those of facility staff and administration. Her experience also created a desire in her to do things better to improve the quality of care and level of customer service provided to residents, staff, and administration of long-term care facilities.

Geriatric Care: Oral Hygiene Challenges in Care Facilities

According to the Institute on Aging, by 2030 as the last Baby Boomers turn 65, older adults are expected to reach 20% of the population.1 In 1900, only 100,000 Americans lived to be 85 plus years; by 2010, that number had grown to 5.5 million. This is the fastest growing age group of elders.1 The irony of aging and oral...