Oral Care

Study reveals slow feedings may exacerbate dysphagia

Study reveals slow feedings may exacerbate dysphagia

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Researchers caution that a slow-but-constant feeding pace could worsen dysphagia by increasing the duration of mealtimes and fatiguing the oral muscles associated with swallowing.

MouthWatch creates product with HIPAA-compliant software

MouthWatch creates product with HIPAA-compliant software

The MouthWatch Home Dental Monitoring System allows providers to look at long-term care residents with an easy-to-use intraoral camera.

AMDA introduces oral health toolkit

AMDA introduces oral health toolkit

AMDA - Dedicated to Long Term Care has announced its Oral Health in the Long Term Care Setting Tool Kit.

Transcen-dental meditation

Transcen-dental meditation

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Some people do their best thinking during meditation or yoga. For others it's the shower, or while they're swimming from Cuba to Florida. Personally, some of my deepest, most insightful thoughts have occurred while my mouth is filled with fingers and dental tools.

New website offers training videos on oral care for nursing home residents with dementia

New website offers training videos on oral care for nursing home residents with dementia

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Long-term care workers can now refer to oral care resources on a new website launched by the nonprofit organization Oral Health America. Tools include video training programs on providing daily oral care for nursing home residents with dementia.

Bill would increase dental services in nursing homes

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A bill introduced in both houses of Congress seeks to expand Medicare coverage for dental services and provide more oral care in long-term care facilities.

Nothing to smile about

Nothing to smile about

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A friend who happens to be a dentist once regularly saw nursing home residents. During these calls, he would examine patients and make arrangements for them to visit his dental office, should the need arise. But he stopped doing this about two years ago. Why? The hassle just wasn't worth it.

Getting to the root of a dental care epidemic

Getting to the root of a dental care epidemic

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A friend who is a dentist used to regularly see residents at a nearby facility. There, he would examine patients and make arrangements for them to visit his dental office when necessary. But he stopped doing this about two years ago. Why? The hassle just wasn't worth it.

Don't let residents throw their oral care under the bus

Don't let residents throw their oral care under the bus

I hear it all the time: "I'm too old; I don't want to fix my teeth." Older patients easily give up on their oral health not realizing the importance of teeth to their overall health. Unfortunately, poor oral health has been linked to serious systemic illnesses, including diabetes, stroke, hypertension, myocardial infarction and aspiration pneumonia.