INTEGRATING ORAL HEALTH INTO PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: AN INTERPROFESSIONAL FACULTY TOOL KIT The author of this article is Maria C. Dolce. She has BS, MA, PhD degrees from New York University, and also certifications in nursing administrations and educations.
The Importance of Providing Oral Care Brushing your teeth, how do you feel when you brush your teeth? When you wake up in the morning what is your routine, get up use the restroom, brush your teeth, and then go on about getting ready for the day? How would you feel if you couldn’t brush your teeth whither it be because you don’t have access to a toothbrush or toothpaste, or what if you couldn’t even remember to brush your teeth in the morning or evenings? When you don’t brush your teeth you feel like your routine is incomplete or what about the smell or taste you may have in your mouth. Or what happens over time when you don’t brush your teeth or go get your teeth cleaned twice a year, a buildup of plaque occurs and possibly gum inflammation.
Culture influences every single person in this world, but for Hispanic culture has been the most prominent for being that my family and some friends are of Hispanic dependence. Having family in Mexico and to experience firsthand how Hispanic people have it harder that most Caucasians I have made it my goal to help Hispanics live a better life and teach them to learn their rights in this country. Many Hispanic adults find it hard to be heard, barriers of language often make them a target for theft and unfair treatment. Being Hispanic and bilingual has been one of my greatest advantages because I am who people count on to help those that ca only speak Spanish. As a dental assistant I have helped many get dental help and I have taught them how to defend themselves.
Beverly Jimenez, also known as, ‘Dr.Sissy’, stretches out of her petite, cozy office and steps into the ample operatory with dark orange walls and sticky purple chairs. Sounds of suction and the metal clanking of tools can be heard. She is asked to take a look at her patient's teeth whenever she is ready. She takes a seat on the low stool and opens her metal tools from their blue transparent package. She begins to examine the teeth of a young girl.
The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987, provide the basic framework for reporting and reimbursement for geriatric oral care in long term facilities since most of the elderly are covered under Medicaid and Medicare. Despite these framework, these facilities encounter barriers to effective provide oral care to their resident. Nurses payroll account for a significate portion of the budget of these facilities, hence nurses spend time in completing section K of the MDs records which relates to oral care. Since these records provided by nurses are not effectively enforce and oral care marks are not taken into the overall evaluation of these facilities, most nurses are dishonest about the type of oral care provided to their residents by providing
The career field that I have chosen to go into is the medical field. In the medical field I would like to become a dental hygienist. The background that I have on dental hygienist is that you exam gums, clean teeth, and teach about oral care. The research that I have already done on this profession is a dental hygienist annual salary and required hour of work. Some more research I utilized is how many years of college are needed, what you do while at work, and if you work by yourself or who you work with.
Case Study: Emergency Dental Clinics in Long Island Emergency dental care covers all age groups and individuals who have concerns or challenge in respect to their dentition. It ranges from broken teeth to knocked out teeth or minor concerns. Prompt and effective treatment is the ideal path to ensuring patients obtain good results and lasting dental health. There are leading emergency dentists in Long Island who have contributed immensely to the growth of the industry. Some of them include Dr. Edward Goziker of Emergency dental Care, Long Island and Dr. Scotto Lavino of Emergency Dental Care Selden.
My immediate professional goal is to learn the American standard in dentistry. As a foreign dentist in United States, I need to accompany the development in dentistry here in the U.S., studying in a dental school that I respect and keep being updated in the field that I enjoy. My long-term professional goal is to be part of the development in dentistry in the U.S., Studying for a specialty program in periodontics which Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicineprovides, ultimately reaching higher positions in the dental school as they are available and research implants as new dental opportunity to move the field to a higher success
Though I come from a small-town of India with minimal resources, my passion for dentistry has taken me too far reaching places, serving people of many backgrounds. Throughout my dental career, I have been fortunate to have a variety of experience. First, I worked as a practitioner in private and public health practice along with research work. After moving to the United States, I continued shadowing and volunteer work in the dental field. I define myself as a hard worker, careful planner and self-motivated individual with a goal of continuing long-term practice and research work I wanted to be a dentist since I was in 8th grade because this was the year my sister had her first visit to the dentist.
I believe that life is shaped by unique ambitions that seem so magical at a young age. My life so far has been a striking example of this. Ever since my childhood biology and especially medical sciences have never failed to fascinate me. One of my distinct memories from middle school is a lecture on cell biology and physiology. I was amazed at how something so microscopic could be so well-organized and carry out functions that have such a profound effect on the entire organism.