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Table 2 Overview of the main category, categories, and subcategories describing older people’s (n = 14) experiences of oral health and daily oral care in short-term care facilities

From: Older people’s experiences of oral health and assisted daily oral care in short-term facilities

Adapting to a changed oral condition while striving to retain independence
Wanting to manage daily oral care independently Acceptance of changes in oral condition Barriers to receiving assistance from staff
Having always brushed my teeth without help Difficulty in chewing and swallowing Staff lacking the time to help
Being satisfied with my mouth and teeth Difficulty with tooth brushing Not wanting to be a burden
Having to accept help if necessary Not considering a dentist visit to be worth the cost Lack of confidence in staff’s knowledge