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A Wife’s Letter: Carol Richardson

“After several thousand dollars of dental work it was obvious to me that if something did not change, it would be just a matter of time until he lost more teeth. I can tell you it was the best decision I could have made to bring these services on for my husband and Teresa is fantastic.”

I am so thankful for the oral care services the HyLife Oral Health Alliance provides! Our Oral Care Specialist, Teresa Ciejka, is fantastic and she has improved my husband’s oral health.

My husband was always so proud to still have all of his teeth at the age of 94 years. Six months after he had been moved to a nursing home it was time for his regular dental visit. The dental hygienist said she would like to show me all the plaque that had accumulated. The hygienist was very concerned with the bleeding and the extent of the infection in his mouth. I could not believe at what I was looking at. Consequently, he lost 6 teeth and also had several cavities to fill.

After several thousand dollars of dental work it was obvious to me that if something did not change, it would be just a matter of time until he lost more teeth. The hygienist and the dentist also knew this was likely to happen. In order to help prevent this from happening, they gave me information regarding the HyLife Oral Health Alliance (HOHA) and with a phone call I was introduced to Teresa. She provided more education about the mission of HOHA. I can tell you it was the best decision I could have made to bring these services on for my husband and Teresa is fantastic.

He so looks forward to her visits. Teresa is very helpful and lets him know what he can do on his own (even when he is watching TV, or resting in bed) to make certain that good oral care is accomplished. It is amazing how much his health has again improved, as the poor hygiene was causing him infections. He is more active and much happier, his mouth is not dry and his breath does not have foul odor. It took some time to get him where he is right now and it is exciting that we ACCOMPLISHED IT TOGETHER!

~Carol Richardson