On what day is The Geriatric Toothfairy Day celebrated? November 9th of each year.
What is The Geriatric Toothfairy Day? Do you have an elder in your life that you know or love that lives in a long-term care facility or nursing home, or do you live or work near one? National Geriatric Tooth Fairy Day, November 9th, is the day set aside to bring awareness to the importance of oral health for vulnerable, frail elders in long term care. And to raise awareness of how poor oral health affects aging adults’ quality of life in long-term care. This is a day to show that we care about aging adults’ oral health in long-term care.
The Geriatric Tooth fairy Day is set aside to bring awareness to the importance of oral health for elders in long-term care. Many systemic diseases and sickness link to poor oral care that affects vulnerable and frail elders in long-term care. Such as aspirated pneumonia, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, to name a few. Many aging adults in long-term care cannot perform their oral care and are dependent on caregivers to provide oral care daily. This day is to send out an S.O.S to save our seniors from becoming sick from poor oral hygiene. Many long-term care residents do not get the necessary oral care performed daily, something as simple as tooth brushing. This day is to bring much-needed awareness to elders in long-term care oral health.
Who founded this day? This day was founded by Sonya Dunbar in Sep. 2020.
How should this day be observed?
1. Show appreciation to a caregiver in long-term care that is providing oral care. Send a card or call or flowers.
2. Spread the awareness on your social media handles
3. Donate new toothbrushes to long-term care facilities
4. Health care providers volunteer to provide oral health training to long-term care facilities