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Oral Care: The Cost of Poor Care

presented by Angie Stone, RDH, BS

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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.

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In addition to taking the best possible care of residents, the field of aging services is tasked with taking measures to ensure the financial stability of care communities. One area of care that has the potential to have a big impact on both items is oral health. Costs related to diabetes and pneumonia care can be reduced by improving oral care. It is likely that rehospitalizations can be reduced as well with the implementation of an oral care program.

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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. The Current State of Oral Health of Dependent Adults

The Surgeon General has reported that elder residents have the worst oral health of any population. This chapter will discuss the causes of this and the implications for those caring for dependent adults.

2. Oral Health: What’s the Big Deal?

While oral care is typically thought about as a personal care item, when oral health is poor, it can lead to a wealth of other medical problems. This chapter will discuss what medical conditions can be caused by poor oral health. Care teams have a goal of keeping clients healthy, and this is not obtainable without ensuring good oral health.

3. Oral Care Education: The Band-Aid to the Oral Health Issue

Many organizations attempt to remedy the oral health issue by providing the care team with oral care in-service training. Research shows this is not an effective way to improve oral health. This chapter will discuss the pitfalls of this plan.

4. A Viable Solution: Dental Hygienists

Dental disease is 100% preventable. This chapter will provide an understanding of the causes of dental disease and how it is prevented.

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