My goals:
To provide on-site service (bedside, wheelchair, recliner chair) for individuals who can no longer look after their own teeth on a daily basis.
To clean and freshen the mouth, to assess the condition of the teeth and gums, and to make recommendations / referrals as needed.
To teach caregivers effective daily oral care
When does daily care become more difficult?
During hospitalization
After a stroke/heart attack
Onset of dementia
Aging / frailty
Decreased mobility
Why is oral care so important?
Healthy mouths and strong teeth help with:
Good nutrition
Speech
Self-confidence / socialization

A direct link exists between the mouth and:
Respiratory infection / aspiration pneumonia
Heart disease / stroke
Diabetes
Sjogren’s syndrome

Dry mouth (xerostomia) is one of most prevalent conditions of the mouth as we age, due to disease and/or medications. Dry mouth can cause difficulty eating, swallowing, and conversing.