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Aide Skills: Oral Hygiene

presented by Amy Shortall-Cardillo, MSN, RN, COS-C, WCC

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Financial: Amy Shortall-Cardillo is an employee at Concordia Visiting Nurses. She receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

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Effective and routine oral care is necessary for maintaining the health of a patient's mouth as well as their overall health. Oral hygiene is preventive care and is linked to the health of the whole body. Training is essential in the oral hygiene tasks of assessing the mouth, brushing the teeth and dentures, flossing, rinsing, and using mouthwash. This course will provide the home health aide with the basic concepts of proper oral hygiene and review the proper techniques for providing oral care to patients in home health.

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Amy Shortall-Cardillo, MSN, RN, COS-C, WCC

Amy Shortall-Cardillo is the director of compliance and education at Concordia Community Support Services in Cabot, Pennsylvania. In this role, she is responsible for the quality, compliance, and education programs for multiple home health, hospice, and private duty agencies. Amy ensures that each agency is working effectively toward achieving agency goals in accordance with the…

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1. Concepts of Oral Hygiene

This chapter explains the importance of good oral hygiene for patients in home health and demonstrates proper oral hygiene techniques for the home health aide.

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