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COVID-19 & Infection Control
by Mindy Voigt, RDHAP

In Home Dental Hygiene Services has always been a safe and convenient way to provide essential oral health care to individuals that are homebound or have limited access to a traditional dental office setting. This service limits exposure to public spaces, significantly impacts overall health, promotes general wellbeing and comfort.

Oral care is a serious concern in communities all over the United States, and poor oral health can cause diseases that are considered deadly for the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. Inadequate oral hygiene increases inter-bacterial exchanges between the lungs and mouth, increasing the risk of respiratory infections and potentially post-viral bacterial complications such as pneumonia and sepsis.

By continuing professional oral care, we can minimize infection, decay, and discomfort. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: my commitment to safely care for my patients.

Infection control has always been a top priority for my practice. I wanted you to know that I follow infection control recommendations by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Some new additions to appointments include:

Why Oral Care is Especially Important for the Elderly
by Mindy Voigt, RDHAP

Here are a few reasons why oral health should be of particular importance for the elderly...

​​​​​Infections Can Be Deadly

Increased Risk for Disease

Medication Use

Because oral health care is often overlooked in older adults, scheduling a visit from Mindy of In Home Dental
Hygiene Services
 can ensure older adults have access to oral care that reduces their risk of disease​​​​.

Because oral health care is often overlooked in older adults, scheduling a visit from Mindy of In Home Dental
Hygiene Services can ensure older adults have access to oral care that reduces their risk of disease​​​​.

Dry Mouth
by Mindy Voigt, RDHAP

Without enough saliva your risk of dental disease such as decay and periodontal disease is significantly increased.

We often get dry mouth when our salivary glands are not working properly.

Saliva is very important to our overall health.

Some common causes of dry mouth include: 

Dry mouth treatment will depend on what is causing the symptoms. Your physician, dentist, or dental hygienist can help you determine what is causing your dry mouth.

Tips for Dry Mouth 

Visit your Dentist and Dental Hygienist, at least twice yearly, for comprehensive care and prevention of disease caused by Dry Mouth syndrome.

Creating a Soothing Environment for the Dementia Patient
by Mindy Voigt, RDHAP

It is important to create a soothing environment to help reduce agitation and challenging behavior when caring for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Listed below are common influencers of that environment.

Sound levels can have a significant impact. It is important to decrease unnecessary noise whether it is within the home or outdoors.

Consideration of room location, soft furnishings and adjusting windows to be open or closed can help. While it is necessary to manage sound …

​​​​​​​Complete quite can also be stressful with someone with dementia. It is recognized that playing soft, familiar music or a favorite radio station is ideal.

People with dementia are often older and experience diminishing eyesight. A well-lit room is key. Placement of lamps and overhead fixtures should minimize shadowing that can cause anxiety. Use natural lighting whenever possible, as it is often the most relaxing. 

When choosing colors, contrasting the color of the walls and floor can be helpful to lessen confusion and falls. Mirrors should be removed when possible. Reflections in mirrors/glass can be misinterpreted by someone with dementia that they are being watched by a stranger. Close curtains at night.

Make things easy to find. Create a quite space away from others for soothing activities such as listening to music, art projects, or sitting with a favorite pet.  

In Home Care
In Home Dental Hygiene Services is a wonderful opportunity to provide essential oral health care, reducing the risk of complications associated with decay and periodontal disease, and ease the challenges of traveling to a dental office.