Janet Yellowitz, DMD, MPH,
Director of Geriatric Dentistry
University of Maryland Dental School
$150 Purchase Price
Brush Those Teeth and Dentures: Mouth Care for the Dependent Elderly
In this DVD, Dr. Janet Yellowitz, director of the Geriatric Dentistry Program at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, works with nursing assistants and residents in a long term care facility to demonstrate proper mouth care for the dependent elderly. As many elderly in long term care and assisted living are no longer able to properly care for their own oral hygiene, it is essential for nursing assistants to assume this often over-looked responsibility. Even when residents believe they are doing a good job, the nursing assistant needs to check and make sure that teeth or dentures and the mouth have been effectively cleaned.
Several residents have volunteered to be part of this video and with their participation, Dr. Yellowitz is able to demonstrates for nursing assistants good dental hygiene techniques for cleaning teeth, dentures and the mouth. Dr. Yellowitz also responds to specific questions posed by the staff which address the most common concerns. Interviews of residents and nursing assistants emphasize the importance of providing this care both as a health consideration and from a quality of life perspective.
Topics: geriatric oral hygiene, denture care, activity of daily living, long term care, assisted living
Audience: staff working with elderly in long term care, assisted living and day care, students in dental programs and nursing assistant programs, home health care programs and allied health training
This program is part of the “The Guide for Providing Quality of Life for Alzheimer’s Patients” series.