The Dental Hygiene Clinic-Bergen Community College
400 Paramus Road
Paramus, NJ 07650
Health Professionals Building
**This is a program that the College has matching College Senior Dental Hygienists with Senior patients in need of a teeth cleaning for a small fee. The patients gets a routine cleaning for a nominal price and the students get much needed practice.
Your Mouth, Your Oral Health
Special oral hygiene instructions for stroke survivors and their caregivers are essential to maintaining good oral health.
*Look for a toothpaste with fluoride as an active ingredient look for “anti-cavity” on the label.
*Saliva substitutes are available at your local pharmacy in the oral health isle.
Preventative Oral Health Program:
Frequent dental cleaning (Every 3 months to 4 months)
*Twice daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste.
*Avoid rinsing after brushing to maximize fluoride effect.
*Use toothpaste containing 1,450 ppm fluoride or prescription toothpaste containing 2,500 ppm to 5,000 ppm fluoride.
*Fluoride varnish application (dental visit).
*Frequent sips of water and rinsing with water after meals and food supplements.
*Using a straw with food supplements to minimize contact with teeth.
Change your toothbrush every 3 months.
How to assist with brushing:
Caregivers can assist stroke survivors with flossing and brushing by standing behind them, pulling their lower lip down and cupping their chin while moving the toothbrush across their teeth in a circular motion. Be sure to gently brush the gums as well!
Know your risk!
Stroke hugely impact oral health. It affects facial muscles and the ability to chew and swallow. Which can lead to malnutrition and increased risk of caries and periodontal diseases. Stroke patients are at risk of aspiration pneumonia, which is caused by inhaling food debris and bacterial biofilm into the airway. Aspiration results when the swallowing reflex is damaged.
Get in Touch!
Fee applies to the visit.
Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the Dental Hygiene Clinic pamphlet. For more information of this service, please call the above number for more details. I have never used the service so I have no opinion on it either yes or no to how it works. There is a fee for the cleaning and there will be a dentist on duty to assist.
This cleaning and check up is available to everyone at the Health Professionals Building.