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Oral Care: The Role of the Nursing Assistant in Providing Effective Care

presented by Angie Stone

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Financial: Angie Stone receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. Angie Stone is the owner of HyLife Oral Health Alliance and is on the speaker's bureau for Xlear, a xylitol company. Xylitol is discussed in this course.

Non-Financial: Angie Stone has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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The population is aging, which is leading to more residents residing in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. As elders have retained their teeth, they require more individualized oral care. Nursing Assistants are already overburdened by the necessary duties to be performed during their shifts. As a result, they may have difficulty providing routine oral care for residents. This course addresses the potential oral and systemic problems a decline in oral health can cause for elders, easy oral care techniques, and how collaborating with oral health professionals benefits this vulnerable population and the care team. This content is aimed at the nursing assistant and is also applicable for nurses.

Meet Your Instructor

Angie Stone, RDH, BS

Angie Stone, RDH, BS, has been a dental professional for more than 38 years. For the last 15 of those years, she has focused on the oral health of those who live in care communities and those who provide oral care to that population. She is a Registered Dental Hygienist, Certified Dementia Practitioner, and a…

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1. Residents’ Oral Health

The Surgeon General has reported that elder residents have the worst oral health of any population. This chapter will talk about why this statistic is true and how this has happened.

2. But Residents Won’t Let Me Brush Their Teeth

Those who provide care for dependent adults often have difficulties in providing oral care. This chapter will discuss what some of the challenges are and, more importantly, offer some tips and tricks, including approaching, positioning, and effective use of oral care products, to name a few.

3. What Else Can Help?

There is a substance that can assist care teams in keeping residents' mouths healthy. This chapter will discuss the magic of xylitol and its role in oral health.

4. Can We Get Some Help Here, Please?

Providing effective oral care is best completed by a professional who is trained in this daunting task. This allows everyone to perform tasks for which they are most suited. This chapter will discuss how the dental hygienist can be a great resource for care team members.

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