Geriatric residents/patients are reported to experience more dental and periodontal disease, which may often lead to a decline in their quality of life and negatively impact their overall health, increasing their risk of oral-motor strength, mastication and consequential weight loss or obesity, low self-esteem, and reduced social contact.
Subsequently, pain from untreated dental disease restricts the normal activities of daily life and disrupts sleep. More importantly, poor oral health is linked to systemic disease, as well as to the risk of malnutrition, ischemic stroke, carotid atherosclerosis, reduced glycemic control in diabetes, increased risk for aspiration pneumonia and/or Hospital-acquired (nosocomial) infections.
This course addresses multiple factors related to the oral cavity, from an analysis of the saliva and tongue to the development of periodontal disease and periodontitis. Research will be cited regarding the risks of poor oral hygiene linked to significant diseases, to include pneumonia, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, nosocomial infections and dementia. Finally Evidence-based intervention will be offered for developing an oral hygiene program within the healthcare facility.
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- Description and studies of salivary glands and their function
- Research of Salivary analyses to assess the risk of caries and bacterial content
- Description and images of tongue abnormalities
- Range from disease processes to harmless conditions.
- Treatments and care techniques recommended per abnormality
- Reserach based review of poor oral hygiene with
- Aspiration Pneumonia
- Cardiovascular Conditions
- Dementia/Cogniti ve Decline
- Nosocomial Infections
- Studies on why oral hygiene in healthcare facilities is a low priority:
- Frenkel; Coleman & Watson
- Cited Challenges To Providing
- Oral Hygiene Care to LTC Residents
- Assessment requirements to document oral hygiene in Section GG
- Evidence-based steps to assisting facilities to initiate oral hygiene programs
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional on residents/patients dental and periodontal diseases.
- Describe the role of saliva in swallowing and digestion.
- Identify at least 3 diagnosis, identified by signs/sympto ms of tongue abnormalitie.
- List 5 diseases noted to be directly linked to Poor Oral Hygiene.
- List 6 steps to assisting healthcare facility teams with oral hygiene education programs.
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Contact Hours: 4 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
Target Audience: Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistant and Speech Language Pathologist
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Criteria for Completion: A score of 70% or more is considered passing. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved.
This course is offered for 0.40 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
Financial – Lisa Milliken is employed by Windsor Rehab and receives a salary. She receives royalty payments from HomeCEUConnection.com for the presentation of this course.
Nonfinancial - no relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service.
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