In 2014, the Idaho State Dental Association (ISDA) and the Idaho Dental Hygienists’ Association (IDHA) began conducting a nursing home pilot study. The pilot study, “Smiles for Seniors”, will help roughly 100 nursing home residents who currently receive limited oral health care. They will receive in-house preventative services, electric toothbrushes, oral aids, referrals for treatment and oral health education to both the residents and staff. The overall goal of this project is to improve the oral health needs of the nursing home residents in Idaho and reduce their risk of systemic and oral diseases. By conducting this pilot project and showing the data that supports the importance of oral care and lack thereof in these nursing homes, there will be the creation of infrastructure to implement into other nursing homes. I have created a Go Fund me account, website listed below, if anyone is inclined to donate. I still need instruments (mirror, probe, air/water syringe, 11/12, 13/14. 5/6 gracie and universal, sickle) for at least eight kits, prophy angles, prophy paste, sterilization pouches, topical anesthetic, anesthetic, syringe, and a slow speed hand piece. The project has received a mobile unit and electric toothbrushes from Delta Dental of Idaho and the nursing home has agreed to carry all needed oral care supplies. At this time I am donating all my time and some personal money for this project. If monetary donations can’t be made we could also use any of the supplies named above or volunteer Extended Access endorsed hygienists. I know we always get prophy paste and angles when attending conventions so if you have any laying around I will take it! Or if your bosses would like to donate, anything helps! Even if it is just one instrument or one pack of prophy angles. Let’s come together as a team and promote this project so these residents can receive oral care and referrals for treatment needed!
For any questions please contact Megan McClurg, RDH, EA
Go Fund Me account page: http://www.gofundme.com/idpa28