Mouthcare Resources for Caregivers: Fact Sheets & Video Clips

Mouthcare Resources for Caregivers: Fact Sheets & Video Clips

Long Term Care & CaregiversIn 2000, the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Community Oral Health (CCOH) expanded its focus in caring for underserved populations through the creation of the Health Promotion Unit (HPU). This upstream approach was adopted to help improve the oral and overall health of communities served by providing prevention-focused health promotion programming alongside essential dental treatment of existing disease. The Health Promotion Unit made a significant commitment to improve the oral health of dependent individuals that included working with the long-term care (LTC) facilities of Deer Lodge Centre and Manitoba Developmental Centre, as well as the Home Dental Care (mobile van) program, which visits over 40 LTC facilities in the Winnipeg area.

Senior CareA primary focus of the HPU’s activities for almost 10 years has been to increase the oral health knowledge, awareness and mouthcare skills of caregivers through in-services, workshops, and presentations. These programs have been delivered to many health care aides, nurses, speech language pathologists, dietitians, physicians, administrators, family members, and others.

We are pleased to share with you our collection of LTC fact sheets and video clips that we have developed as an integral component to mouthcare training for caregivers.

Senior Care 2LTC Fact Sheets: We strive to update & revise the fact sheets on a regular basis to keep them current and based on the latest evidence available. You have our permission to print and use them in their original un-edited form, keeping the logo and author information intact.

LTC Video Clips: In 2007-2008, the HPU developed a variety of short video clips to demonstrate various aspects of providing mouthcare for dependent adults. They have been used extensively during caregiver training with very positive feedback regarding their usefulness. We encourage you to access the video clips to learn more about mouthcare for this population, improve your skill in effectively providing mouthcare for others, and share this information with others. The video clips are available free of charge, provided users formally recognize their origin and the authors.

lecture basics Please direct feedback or requests to Kathy Yerex, RDH
Working together to improve the health and quality of life of those who depend on us.

 

Download printable PDF hand out below:

Your Mouth is Connected to Your Body PDF, 1 page, 124 KB
Healthy Mouth - Healthy Person
- Information for Caring Families
PDF, 2 pages, 176 KB
Gloving for Mouth Care in Personal Care Homes PDF, 1 page, 48 KB
Routine Oral Screening PDF, 1 page, 198 KB
Working Through Daily Mouth Care PDF, 1 page, 72 KB
Basic Mouth Care
- Caring for those with natural teeth
PDF, 1 page, 267 KB
Basic Mouth Care
- Caring for those without teeth/with dentures
PDF, 1 page, 247 KB
What is Dry Mouth? PDF, 1 page, 100 KB
Mouth Care Helpers for Care Givers PDF, 2 pages, 116 KB
Daily Mouth Care: Special Considerations PDF, 3 pages, 304 KB
Denture Labeling PDF, 1 page, 68 KB
Ultrasonic Cleaning for Dentures PDF, 1 page, 88 KB
Dental “Recipes” PDF, 1 page, 40 KB
Product Suppliers PDF, 2 pages, 56 KB

LAB DEMONSTRATIONS

Video 1: Assembling Products Time: 2:43   [ video #1 ]

Demonstrates and describes a range of basic mouthcare products and supplies appropriate when caring for others.
© U of M HPU-CCOH / Bertone, Wener, Yakiwchuk

Video 2: Mouth rests Time: 3:29   [ video #2 ]

Demonstrates a variety of different mouth rests, some disposable, others steralizable and reusable, that can safely and comfortably keep the mouth open during mouthcare.

© U of M HPU-CCOH / Bertone, Wener, Yakiwchuk

Video 3: Brushing someone else’s teeth Time: 3:01    [ video #3 ]

Demonstrates a technique for brushing someone else’s teeth that is effective and does not cause injury; includes tongue brushing.

© U of M HPU-CCOH / Bertone, Wener, Yakiwchuk

Video 4: 3-sided toothbrushes Time: 2:34    [ video #4 ]

Demonstrates how to use and adapt two 3-sided toothbrushes, the Collis Curve and the Specialized Care Twin Head brushes. These are time-savers as you can brush the outside, inside and chewing surfaces of the teeth at the same time.

© U of M HPU-CCOH / Bertone, Wener, Yakiwchuk

Video 5: Using a proxabrush to clean between Time: 1:29   [ video #5 ]

Demonstrates how to set up and safely use a proxabrush to clean between teeth, even if the individual is clenching.
© U of M HPU-CCOH / Bertone, Wener, Yakiwchuk

Video 6: Using a floss holder Time: 1:45    [ video #6 ]

Demonstrates how to set up and properly use a floss holder to clean between teeth.

© U of M HPU-CCOH / Bertone, Wener, Yakiwchuk

BEDSIDE & WHEELCHAIR DEMONSTRATIONS

Video 7: Supplies ready Time: 0:23    [ video #7 ]

Demonstrates gathering of essential supplies for mouthcare.

© U of M HPU-CCOH / Bertone, Wener, Yakiwchuk

Video 8: Positioning bed and resident Time: 0:46    [ video #8 ]

Demonstrates how to optimally position a hospital-type bed and the individual for improved access during mouthcare.
© U of M HPU-CCOH / Bertone, Wener, Yakiwchuk

Video 9: Positioning caregiver at bedside Time: 0:26   [ video #9 ]

Demonstrates effective caregiver positioning at bedside for optimal access and vision for mouthcare and decreased risk of being inadvertently hit by resident.

© U of M HPU-CCOH / Bertone, Wener, Yakiwchuk

Video 10: Products ready on the glove Time: 0:19    [ video #10 ]

Demonstrates how to optimize time during mouthcare by loading mouthcare products directly on to the glove.
© U of M HPU-CCOH / Bertone, Wener, Yakiwchuk

Video 11: Using a mouthrest Time: 0:58    [ video #11 ]

Demonstrates how to safely use a disposable Specialized Care mouth rest for individuals who are unable to cooperate or who need assistance keeping their mouth open during mouthcare. 

© U of M HPU-CCOH / Bertone, Wener, Yakiwchuk

Video 12: Mouthrest tips Time: 0:33    [ video #12 ]

Demonstrates additional tips for safely and effectively using the Specialized Care mouth rest. 

© U of M HPU-CCOH / Bertone, Wener, Yakiwchuk

Video 13: Toothbrushing technique at bedside Time: 0:42  [ video #13 ]

Demonstrates caregiver toothbrushing technique, including oral inspection, focusing on the gumline, ’wipe as you go’, tongue cleaning and moisturizing lips. 

© U of M HPU-CCOH / Bertone, Wener, Yakiwchuk

Video 14: Toothbrushing technique in wheelchair Time: 1:09 [ video #14 ]

Demonstrates preferred caregiver positioning when providing mouthcare for an individual sitting in a wheelchair, using a supportive head hug, and maintaining a neutral head position to help prevent aspiration. 

© U of M HPU-CCOH / Bertone, Wener, Yakiwchuk

Video 15: Mouth screening Time: 1:07    [ video #15 ]

Demonstrates the steps involved in performing an oral screening. Discusses lighting, what to look for and the importance of seeking a consult or referral for significant findings.

© U of M HPU-CCOH / Bertone, Wener, Yakiwchuk

 

WRHA-UM-ALZ SOC Mouth Care is Important: Poster & Products Information Sheets:    
[ Poster I & Poster II ]

These 8.5" x 11" information sheets were developed to be used in personal care homes to alert families and friends to the importance of mouth care. They are designed to be printed back-to-back as together they provide information regarding the benefits of good oral care, daily mouth care recommendations, and helpful oral care products. For those interested in also printing the poster in its original size of 36" x 60", please contact the WRHA: Sheila Smith ssmith32@wrha.mb.ca
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Mary Student