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Shirley Gutkowski talks to Angie Stone lead researcher in two studies on oral care in long term care. This simple change, allowing dental hygienists into long term care to provice services, the system can save billions. We tossed out the idea that nursing assistants can provide oral care and other approaches to reducing oral biomass on became possible.
Study after study shows that teaching nursing assistants how to provide and why to provide better oral care doesn't work. Other avenues need to be explored and by offering candy made with xylitol to residents oral biomass can be reduced substantially with no extra drama on the hands of the nursing assistant. Guilt free oral care can be accomplished.
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