For clinicians involved with patients diagnosed with dysphagia utilize information revealed from the bedside evaluation and instrumental assessments to develop a therapy plan, determine the highest appropriate diet and mealtime strategies/precautions to be implemented to keep the individual safe. In making these determinations, the role of dentition and oral care is critical. This seminar builds on our basis knowledge providing a more detailed understanding of the role of specific teeth in the mastication process. Bite force is different in individuals with natural teeth versus dentures versus the edentulous individual and impacts diet selection. Mouth care is critical for all residents; however, poor care contributes to increased risk of aspiration pneumonia from bacteria-laden saliva and may contribute to additional health issues especially for patients with diabetes and cancer. Free water protocols are dependent on consistent mouth care. Ill-fitting dentures may require denture adhesives to improve fit, but can be a challenge for mouth care. Protocols for mouth care will be addressed for natural teeth, dentures and the edentulous individual. Bite force, mastication skills and dentition status are key factors in selecting the appropriate diet level on the National Dysphagia Diet and the IDDSI. In addition, recommended mealtime strategies and precautions must be implemented by caregivers. These strategies and precautions should be part of the patients plan of care for improved safety at mealtime and are directly related to dentition status, diet selection and adequate mouth-care.
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- Role of incisors, canines, pre-molars and molars
- Natural dentition versus dentures versus implants,
- Bite force, mastication,
- Impact of tooth loss
- Oral care
- Impact of oral care on patients health including diabetic patients and cancer patients
- Studies showing benefits of adequate oral care
- Oral care protocols for natural dentition and dentures
- Denture adhesives and oral care
- Diet Options per National Dysphagia Diet and IDDSI
- Role of dysphagia evaluation in determining diet selection
- Information revealed from bedside assessment and instrumental assessments
- Options for meats and why meats are difficult to process
- What is appropriate bite size for diet levels
- Role of mealtime strategies and supervision in patient safety
- Aspiration precautions
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional on improved decision making for assessment of dentition, diet selection and appropriate mealtime strategies for patients, caregivers and staff to implement
- Identify the role of dentition and tooth loss on mastication
- List protocol for mouth care
- Identify an appropriate diet, mealtime strategies and precautions utilizing specific patient assessments
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Contact Hours: 3 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, Speech Language Pathologist, Nurse.
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Criteria for Completion: 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 0.30 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
Financial – Denise Dougherty is employed by a private practice working with children and adults and receives a salary. She receives payment from HomeCEU 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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