A registered dental hygienist from this province is calling for standardized dental care procedures and regulations for seniors in long-term care facilities.
Tiffany Ludwicki joined representatives of the Canadian Dental Hygienist Association (CDHA) from across the country for a meeting with Senators and MPs in Ottawa, in an effort to address oral health problems that affect seniors.
Ludwicki says improper oral health care can lead to a wide range of serious health problems. She says aspiration pneumonia, involving bacteria from the mouth being inhaled into the lungs, is one of the leading causes of death in long-term care facilities.
She says bacteria in the mouth can spread to other parts of the body, contributing to things like heart disease, Alzheimer’s and a suspected 57 other illnesses and conditions.
Ludwicki believes their meeting in Ottawa helped their campaign gain some traction. Ludwicki hopes to have a meeting with Avalon MP Ken McDonald in the near future.