Hear what others have to say about Angie’s work…
Because I have provided exams for residents at nursing home facilities, I agree with the statement from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research that nursing home residents have extensive oral disease, poor oral hygiene and suffer the worst oral health of any population. The reason for this is access to traditional dental health care for this group is most often non-existent or impossible. Development of an organization, such as the proposed Goodman Oral Health and Education Center, will certainly contribute to improving this population’s oral hygiene and oral health. Madison would be lucky to have such access available to their elder population.”
~Richard Holthaus, DDS
Angie Stone has been seeing my husband in a memory care unit once a week for the last year. I cannot begin to tell you what a blessing she and her services have been. She is compassionate, respectful and she has developed a great relationship with my husband, the care team and myself. Not only has she kept my husband’s mouth healthy, she has been able to coordinate dental care when he has broken teeth. I am not sure the care team at the facility would have even realized some of his teeth needed attention, because they aren’t able to provide the kind of oral care attention my husband requires. My husband and I have always taken our dental health seriously and are so glad we have Angie on our team of caregivers and ensuring my husband’s oral health remains in check. That gives me one less thing to worry about.
~Mary Jane Schmidt, Wife of HyLife Client
One of the biggest frustrations in Dentistry is the way that patients “drop off the radar” when they go into various types of “Elder Care.” Just when the patient becomes most vulnerable to chronic infection, and most in need of proper nutrition, they lose basic regular hygiene service that supports those things. Many of the elderly are functionally compromised which is why they’re living in a facility. Expecting them to see to their own oral hygiene is like expecting them to fly. Without care, the oral situation degenerates rapidly. Caries, periodontal disease, and even simple trapping of food debris cause pain, inflammation and avoidance or total inability to eat. Of course the inflammation response also creates a negative effect in ability to control blood sugar, heart disease and many other illnesses. The chronic infection may also deplete or reroute resources which the elderly body desperately needs.
As a practicing dental hygienist, Angie Stone saw these problems clearly. The amazing thing is that instead of shaking her head and wishing the world were a better place, she did something about it. She studied. She researched. On her own initiative and money, she did trials with various methods of controlling the oral environment of elderly patients, including Nursing Home visits, physically cleaning oral structures, applications of glass ionomers to exposed root surface traps, use of xylitol to prevent bacteria from effectively using mucopolysachharides to adhere to oral structures, and other modalities.
Personally, Angie Stone has always been an amazing organizer, has apparently limitless energy, can always seem to make things work, and most importantly of all, genuinely cares.
What I see here is a crying need. A known longstanding health problem, a protocol which can ameliorate that problem, and a person who is better qualified than anybody else I know to implement that protocol.
~JJ. Dubats, DDS
Over the last 34 years, I have taught various nursing home staff how to take care of my patients oral care, once they have been placed in care facilities at the end of their lives. Some staff have been successful, while most have not. Performing oral care is very difficult and is not the most enjoyable job. Not only is access difficult (sometimes you feel like you are standing on your head to see in residents mouths), traditionally, it has to be performed numerous times a day and many times the resident is not cooperative. Dependent adults need a person tending to their oral needs who can,
1. Individualize their oral care to best suit their needs. This is necessary because every resident is different. Some can’t swallow, some choke easily, many are on meds that cause dry mouth or mouth sores, etc.
2. Remove the biofilm on the teeth and gums routinely and thoroughly
3. Notify nursing facilities if there are apparent dental concerns
4. Assist in getting residents to be seen by a dentist, if and when problems arise.
I personally have seen Angie Stone, RDH, BS accomplishing these 4 items, when she facilitated getting a resident to my office for care. I believe the program she has developed has the potential to help many residents experience improved overall and dental health, as well as a better quality of life. She does this by reducing the amount of dental disease our elders endure at this vulnerable time in their lives.
I believe the City of Madison and it’s elder population would benefit from a program, such as Ms. Stone’s and I encourage the Goodman foundation to explore this opportunity.
~Connie Winter, DDS
I have seen firsthand the oral condition of our elders in long term care. Like our children, they are truly vulnerable to many preventive oral diseases. Creation of an oral care and education center, such as the proposed Goodman Oral Health and Education Center, is an innovative and timely approach to helping create healthier elders in Madison.
~Tom Reitz, DDS
I have been able to provide dental care for the last forty-seven years and in that time, I have seen great advances in dentistry (especially in the area of oral hygiene). Yet one of the greatest frustrations is the lack of proper oral hygiene in care facilities such as retirement centers.
The lack of proper oral care many times leads to chronic or acute infections that can often affect general health.
I have witnessed and know that Angie Stone, R.D.H., B.S. has reversed this area of neglect for many individuals in care facilities. I firmly believe Angie can “grow” this wonderful service to other areas such as Madison and beyond.
~Richard Albright, D.D.S.
“I wanted to share with you the great feedback from our nurses, caregivers and administration. I was stopped in the hallway by one of our nurses shortly after you brought your tremendous educational presentation to our community, the nurse thanked me for having you in and stressed the impact learning about how oral health should be viewed as an infection control issue rather than a hygiene issue. Our staff had so many ah ha moments during your presentation. It has been truly a delight working with you. Your presentation was not only informative, but interesting and dynamic as well.
Our caregivers have implemented some of the tips you have given in making oral care easier for them. I already see that the caregivers are paying closer attention to the oral health of our residents which contributes to their overall health and wellbeing. Our administrator has also showed interest in ordering some of the specialized toothbrushes you brought to show us. We look forward to using your services in house to benefit our residents. I can’t thank you enough for a great presentation!”
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