Prevent Big Potential Problems
The early warning signs of gum disease can be painless. However, if gum disease is not diagnosed and treated in time, it can lead to receding gums, bone damage, loss of teeth, and can increase the risk of other health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. For example, according to a 2013 New York Times article, researchers have linked oral bacteria to the occurrence of hospital-acquired pneumonia. Citing The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, the article went on to say that roughly one in 10 deaths from pneumonia in nursing facilities could be prevented by improving oral hygiene.
Fortunately, taking care of gum disease and other oral health problems in nursing facilities has never been easier, more cost-efficient or more convenient. Comprehensive Mobile’s affiliated dentists can prevent and treat gum disease and other oral pathologies right in the nursing facility, using Share of Costs funds for 100% of the costs. The dental teams include experienced, caring dentists and state-of-the-art equipment brought right to the nursing facility to ensure maximum convenience for everyone.
What is gum disease?
There are two types of gum disease:
Gingivitis – inflammation and/or infection of gum tissue.
Periodontitis – inflammation and infection of ligaments and bones that support tooth structure.
How is gum disease detected?
A dentist will need to evaluate or diagnose gum disease. Symptoms may include chronic bad breath, red and swollen gums, tenderness and/or pain, receding gums, bleeding and loose teeth.
How can gum disease be treated?
Gingivitis can be treated with proper oral hygiene and routine dental check-ups and cleanings. In many cases, gingivitis can be reversed. Periodontitis can be managed with proper oral hygiene and routine dental check-ups and cleanings which prevent the spread of oral disease.
How can gum disease be prevented?
Gingivitis and Periodontitis can be prevented and managed with proper oral hygiene and routine dental check-ups and cleanings.
What can nursing facility staff do?
Educate residents on the importance of daily oral hygiene.
Remind patients of the following recommended oral hygiene practices, assisting the residents as necessary:
- Brush gently twice per day using a soft bristle toothbrush and a pea sized amount of toothpaste.
- Floss after meals.
- Use alcohol free rinse to remove debris toothpaste even if the patient does not have teeth.