CASE STUDY:  Bill C.  93yr, dementia, cognitive impairment   Veteran

bill-and-maryOral Care Challenges:

Generalized bleeding with brushing, moderate plaque at the gumline,

5 areas of new decay at a routine dental visit—3 months later 3 more areas of new decay

HyLife recommendations:

Weekly oral hygiene care services which included brushing, flossing and proxy brushing

Incorporated daily use of xylitol toothpaste and mints, reviewed with staff the importance of daily oral hygiene care

Resident Outcome:

Reduction of plaque, little to no bleeding

After one year of weekly oral hygiene care services, client has had no new areas of decay

Resident response:

“Thank you Mary!!”

Resident’s daughter’s response:

“Mary, what you do is so very important to my dad’s oral health and overall health! Thank you so much.”