Mouth care is such a routine task after CNA training that many nursing assistants don’t understand how crucial it actually is. Proper oral care can ensure a patient is physically healthier and can prevent many illnesses and oral diseases. It is up to you to ensure your patients have the best oral care possible after CNA training however, and you need to make sure this task is performed every single day.
Otherwise, your patients’ mouths could end up:
- Collecting bacteria each time they eat. This bacterium bands together and is formed into a substance known as plaque. The plaque will then stick to the patient’s enamel, particularly along the gum line.
- With more and more plaque present, the patient’s teeth will swell and turn red. They will easily bleed and will be sore.
- With cavities forming in the teeth. This is caused by bacteria eating away the teeth’s enamel.
- With pockets in his gums that occur when the gums begin to pull away from teeth. This leaves small opening where food and plaque can enter, killing bone and tissue in the jaw and cheek.
- Losing his teeth. As tissue and jawbone are destroyed by plaque, the patient’s teeth will either rot or fall out because they are so loose.
It doesn’t sound pleasant does it?
After CNA training, you can prevent this from occurring by ensuring you follow these oral care tips.
Oral Care After CNA Training
- Keep an eye, or a nose, out for bad breath that seems to be persistent after CNA training. This could not only be a warning sign of dental problems, but can also indicate other diseases and illnesses as well. If your patient always has bad breath, no matter how many times a day you help them brush their teeth, report it to your charge nurse.
- During CNA training, while you were learning about oral care, you learned that when patients produce less saliva, they often experience dry mouth. When this occurs, they are unable to neutralize plaque or wash food particles away, which can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. If your patient often has dry breath, take what you learned from CNA training and help them. Give them sips of water frequently, provide them with ice chips to suck on, or give them sugar-free gum to chew on. Help them avoid as much caffeine as possible, as this can dry out the mouth even more.
- If your patients are suffering from irritations or lesions in the mouth, make sure they have access to warm, not hot, foods. Avoid giving them spicy or rough food and always have a supply of crushed ice for them. Also, make sure to report any irritations, lesions, or sores to your charge nurse after CNA training. She may be able to contact the patient’s doctor and obtain special mouthwash or sprays to assist with the problem.
Protect Your Patients’ Mouths After CNA Training
You should help your patients perform proper oral care every single day after you complete CNA training in order to ensure they are as healthy as possible. Make sure to follow these tips and protect your patients’ mouths after CNA training.