(1) The facility must provide or make arrangements for comprehensive dental diagnostic and treatment services for each client from qualified personnel, including licensed dentists and dental hygienists either through organized dental services in-house or through arrangement.

(2) If appropriate, dental professionals must participate in the development, review and update of an individual treatment plan as part of the interdisciplinary process either in person or through written report to the interdisciplinary team.

(3) The facility must provide education and training in the maintenance of oral health.

(4) Comprehensive dental diagnostic services must include:

(a) a complete extraoral and intraoral examination, using all diagnostic aids necessary to properly evaluate the client's oral condition, not later than one month after admission to the facility (unless the examination was completed within 12 months before admission) ;

(b) periodic examination and diagnosis performed at least annually, including radiographs when indicated and detection of manifestations of systemic disease; and

(c) a review of the results of examination and entry of the results in the client's dental record.

(5) Comprehensive dental treatment services must include:

(a) the availability for emergency dental treatment on a 24 hour basis by a licensed dentist; and

(b) dental care needed for relief of pain and infections, restoration of teeth, and maintenance of dental health.

(6) If the facility maintains an in-house dental service, the facility must keep a permanent dental record for each client with a dental summary maintained in the client's living unit. If the facility does not maintain an in-house dental service, the facility must obtain a dental summary of the results of dental visits and maintain the summary in the client's living unit.

History: Sec. 50-5-103 and 50-5-238, MCA; IMP, Sec. 53-5-103, 50-5-201 and 50-5-238, MCA; NEW, 2003 MAR p. 1322, Eff. 7/1/03.