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MANDATORY DENTURE IDENTIFICATION CALLED FOR IN OHIO

 COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- In a move expected to save thousands of dollars in replacement costs each year, the Ohio Dental Association (ODA) is calling for mandatory denture identification in Ohio.
 "Complete dentures are like snowflakes; they look about the same, but no two are identical. Practically every nursing home and hospital in Ohio has a box full of lost dentures," stated Mike Strayer, DDS, MS, chairman, ODA Subcouncil on Access to Dental Care, and director of geriatric dentistry at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. "If properly identified, these dentures could have been returned to the patient, instead of the patient or care provider having to incur the cost and inconvenience of replacing the denture."
 A patient and his or her denture can become separated in a number of ways. Added Strayer, "An aide might clean a number of dentures and forget who the owners are. Or, most commonly, an institutionalized patient will remove their denture, lay it down somewhere, and simply forget about it."
 Prompted by both the need to identify dentures of institutionalized elderly patients and to identify victims of mass disasters, 15 other states have enacted laws requiring dentures to contain identifying markers, most typically the patient's name, initials or social security number.
 The issue is presently being considered by the Ohio State Dental Board. If passed, mandatory denture identification would become part of the Dental Practice Act, which governs dentistry in Ohio.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: National Senior Smile Week, May 16-22, highlights the importance of good oral hygiene and dental care for older adults. Call Suzanne Payne at the ODA, 800-282-1526, for more information. Consumers may call the ODA toll-free at 800-MY-SMILE for additional information./
 /CONTACT: Suzanne Payne of the Ohio Dental Association, 800-282-1526/


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