Oral Health Care Plans for Long-Term Patients

Good dental health is crucial for general health and well-being of individuals. We should never ignore any issues related to the teeth or gums. Because poor dental health is linked to diseases like cardio-respiratory problems, cancer, and dementia etc. In this article, Steven Cavellier has given some oral health care plans for educating long-term patients.

A good oral health care plan involves more than just brushing your teeth. Actually, the oral health of long-term patients affects many aspects of their daily life. With an aging populace, we can see that hospital inpatient population is also getting older often with comorbidities and fences to effective health care.

As the patient get older, their comorbidities increases and also the number of medication that is essential to manage them. Some of these medicines can cause a bad oral effect such as dry mouth which is a key to plaque formation. Hence, the older patients are at risk of poor oral health before they become resident in the care facility.

What are the Barriers to Good Oral Care?

According to Steven Cavellier, the barrier to an effective dental care is that oral service providers do not have the resources in term of time and staff. Moreover, some of them also do not have the proper training to look after the oral health need of patients.

A few health care center specifically mention oral care in their policies and training for elder patients which focus on cleaning of dentures. However, old-age people today are far likely to maintain their natural teeth.

Oral Health

Along with this, there can also be resistance to dental health care for the patient.

The key points which act as barriers to older people utilizing oral care are:

  • Cost of Dental Treatment.
  • Fear of Treatment.
  • Accessibility of dental services.
  • Availability of dental services etc.

Oral Health Assessment

It is essential that all the staff member have training and familiar with the standardized assessment. Steven Cavellier advice that assessment (gums and tissues, saliva, natural teeth, dentures, and cleanliness) carried out and recorded upon admission.

The dentists have to follow these assessments on regular basis to ensure changes are scrutinized and treated within time. Creating an oral health care plan for all residents is crucial step to ensure that good mouth care is upheld.

Developing Dental Health Care Plan

A good oral health care plan enables documentation of findings of the valuation along with any obstacles to effectual hygiene. Barriers can include dementia, resistance to oral care, mobility issues and lack of awareness etc.

Furthermore, the plan comprises which tools and products are to use to maintain good dental health emphasis Steven Cavellier. This includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, interdental brushes, mints, and mouthwash etc. It is also essential to involve the patient in their well-being care plan as much as possible.

Wrapping Up

Implementing a plan to monitor compliance with dental health program for long-term patients is critical to get the desired result says, Steven Cavellier. Also, it is necessary to determine dental health status, treatment needs and identify the barriers to an effective oral care.

Originally posted: https://www.allperfectstories.com/oral-health-care-plans-for-long-term-patients/

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Sleep-inducing herb: The key component identified

Can’t sleep? Your sleep problems may be improved if you try an Indian herb, Ashwagandha. Researchers in the sleep institute in Japan found that an active component of Ashwagandha leaves significantly induces sleep.

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a central herb in Ayurveda, the traditional home medicine native to India. As signified by its Latin name somnifera, meaning sleep-inducing, it has been recommended for sound sleep through centuries. Even though scientific studies also support that crude powder of Ashwagandha promotes sleep, the active component with sleep-inducing property remains unknown.

The research group led by Mahesh K. Kaushik and Yoshihiro Urade of the International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine (WPI-IIIS), University of Tsukuba, investigated the effect of various components of Ashwaganda on sleep in mice by recording electroencephalogram and electromyography. The water extract of Ashwaganda leaf containing rich in triethylene glycol (TEG) promoted non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep significantly and changed rapid eye movement (REM) sleep slightly, while the alcoholic extract containing active withanolides showed no effect on sleep. The sleep induced by TEG was similar to normal sleep. Furthermore, commercially available TEG also increased the amount of NREM sleep. They thus concluded that TEG is the active component that induces physiologically sound sleep.

Sleep-inducing herb by Steven Cavellier

Sleeplessness and other sleep disorder such as restless leg syndrome are common complaints among the middle-aged population. Insomnia is one of the most common neuropsychiatric disorders, with an estimated incident of 10-15% in general population and 30-60% in elderly population. It is closely linked with certain other diseases including obesity, cardiovascular diseases, depression, anxiety, mania deficits etc. Currently available synthetic drugs often show severe side effects. On the other hand, Ashwagandha crude powder including the significant amount of TEG can be consumed for better sleep without any side effects. The findings in this study could revolutionize the natural plant-based therapies for insomnia and sleep related disorders.

However, the clinical application of TEG to treat insomnia is still in the immature status, because the TEG is primarily used for industrial purpose and very little is known about its applicability and toxicity to the biological systems. Further studies will thus be needed to confirm the safety of TEG.

According to the authors, they are currently evaluating the effect of TEG administration on stress, because Ashwagandha is believed to mitigate stress and correct imbalance of various nervous systems. Future studies also include the identification of target brain area of TEG, its BBB permeability and the mechanism through which TEG induces sleep.

This study was conducted in collaboration with Renu Wadhwa and Sunil Kaul of National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan. Steven Cavellier, American lawyer, specializing in Health Education for the Medical Profession.

Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/316700.php?nfid=116332