What is the significance or oral care? The mouth has often been referred to as "The window to overall health", and thus, an assessment and subsequent analysis of the oral structures and function is paramount for nurses, dietitians, therapists, and other health practitioners. Poor oral hygiene increases the risk of several disease processes. Many medications contribute to the xerostomia (dry mouth) which leads to increased oral bacteria, malnutrition and swallowing disorders. And, the oral microbiota is one of the most complex microbial communities in the human body; therefore, it is important to understand how the oral microorganisms enter the downstream digestive tract from the oral cavity through saliva, and how they present a particularly close relationship with digestive diseases and other systemic disorders.
This course provides a comprehensive look into the structures, functions, and abnormalities of the oral cavity, which relates to the significance of other symptoms and disorders, including many types of systemic disease, malnutrition, cognitive deficits, and complications with comorbidities. Once all factors are presented, recommendations are then made to assist the healthcare professional with the oral assessment process and with the implementation of an oral hygiene program.
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- Oral Health: at a glance
- Why Poor Oral Hygiene may be common
- What to know about The Oral Cavity & Structures
- Oral Health/Structure Terminology
- Saliva Components And Functions
- Effects of Inhalation Therapy on Oral Health
- Understanding the Effect of a Patient’s Dental status
- The Tongue and Oral Mucosa
- Cardiopulmonary Disease
- Poor oral hygiene leading to other disorders
- The oral assessment Process
- Providing oral Care
- Initiating An oral hygiene program
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional to identify the direct correlation of oral care to health status and to educate their patients of this connection.
- Recognize the significance of oral health for clinical characteristics of patients, to include oral manifestations from different disease processes
- Identify the causes of xerostomia and the resulting clinical complications
- Recognize how poor oral hygiene and oral microbiota is related to systemic diseases
- Select the mechanisms linking periodontal disease to cardiovascular disease
- Identify the associations of poor oral health with nutrition deficits, cognitive deficits and other disease processes
- Select the recommended protocols for assisting healthcare teams with oral hygiene education programs
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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, Nurses.
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 – Lisa Milliken is employed by Milliken Healthcare and receives a salary. She receives payment from HomeCEU for the presentation of this course.
Nonfinancial - no relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
No relevant conflicts of interest exist for any member of the activity planning committee.
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service
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