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The director of a local nursing home has approached a public health dental hygienist to design an oral health protocol for the 300 residents. Currently, a registered nurse is performing the intake oral examination, and the nursing home has an "on call" dentist. The majority of residents are partially edentulous, have partial removable dentures, and require assistance with daily hygiene practices. The caregivers state that the residents have severe halitosis, trouble eating, and frequently lose their removable partial dentures. The dental hygienist observes that the caregivers are neglecting daily oral hygiene care and are not expected to conduct oral cancer screenings. On the basis of these observations, the dental hygienist determines to carry out oral hygiene and oral cancer screening of all residents and introduce an educational component to be used by the facility's caregivers and interested family members. Flashlights, disposable mouth mirrors, masks, gloves, protective eyewear, and 2 × 2 gauze are required for the screening. The educational component will consist of six weekly 1-hour sessions and will focus on knowledge of the risk of oral cancer, the benefits of periodic oral screenings, recognition of signs and symptoms of common oral lesions, daily oral hygiene care, and other oral health procedures to meet the needs of the residents. A pretest and post-test will be used to evaluate change in knowledge.
-If the data reveal lesions that have not been identified previously, the dental hygienist plans to work with the director of nursing to establish a new protocol for routine oral cancer screening by the registered nurses on staff. What core public health function would this exemplify?