Module 2: Tools of the Trade: Steps in Providing Oral Health Care


Module 2: Tools of the Trade: Steps in Providing Oral Health Care

Original Release Date: 
September 26, 2016 

Expiration Date: 
December 31, 2021

This webinar is not for credit.

The Tools of the Trade: Steps in Providing Oral Health Care webinar is the second webinar in a series of four webinars. It is part of the MOTIVATE (Maine’s Oral Team-Based Initiative: Vital Access to Education) blended learning program.

The statement “The mouth is the gateway to the body” has been used many times to highlight the connection between good oral health care and overall good health. Should germs grow untreated in the mouth and lead to infections of the teeth, gums and the lining of the mouth, those germs cause problems for the resident not only with eating, drinking, swallowing and talking, but the germs may also spread to other parts of the body. This webinar provides information for the learner about: the best approaches to use when examining the oral cavity, the importance of saliva in maintaining oral health, the causes of and treatment for dry mouth and the care of the resident’s teeth, gums, dentures and removable dental appliances. The value of team based oral health care is spotlighted in this module. Sections of the “Growing Old with a Smile: Oral Care for Older Adults in Long-Term Care” video developed by the Minnesota Department of Health and the School of Dentistry at the University of Minnesota have also been included in the webinar.

Target Audience

This program is intended for interprofessional team members.

Learning Objectives

After completing module two, each member of the oral health care team will be able to meet the following learning outcomes:

1. Describe four findings from examining a resident’s mouth and lips that indicate a healthy oral health status. 
2. Discuss the value of utilizing a team approach to guide and support residents in providing their own personal oral health care. 
3. Identify the standard equipment and supplies needed for the delivery of oral health care. 
4. Outline the steps to take to clean and maintain resident’s teeth and/or dentures and other removable appliances.

Additional Information

Provided by: 

Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital, and Mass General Brigham

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Taffeney "Taffy" Davis, MSN, RN-BC
Clinical Instructor
Franklin Memorial Hospital
Farmington, Maine

Taffy Davis is a clinical instructor at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, Maine. She has been a registered nurse for 30 years and worked in emergency medicine, outpatient clinics and as a nurse manger of Surgical Services and Medical –Surgical units. She started her nursing career at Massachusetts General Hospital in orthopaedics.

Her interests lie in the science behind learning, as well as creating online learning for hospital based nursing. Taffy has developed an online Charge Nurse program with participation from acute care and long-term care facilities. She is currently building courses in Articulate. She has presented at the Association of Nurses in Professional Development (ANPD) 2014 annual conference on Barriers to Using Web Tools in Instructional Design and the creation of the top ten web tools list for instructional design. She is working on an online module with ANPD for a new Charge Nurse Program.

Taffy is an active member of the Association of Nurses in Professional Development and the Organization of Maine Nurse Executives-Nursing Leaders of Maine. She is a member of the Association of Talent Development and sits on the Western Maine Work Investment Board (Maine Dept. of Labor) and the University of Maine Farmington institutional review board.

Taffy is a graduate of Salem State College (now University) and completed a M.S.N. from Western Governor’s University. She has completed graduate courses in Methods of Online Learning and Foundations of Instructional Design.

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Carole MacKenzie, RN, BSN, M.Ed.
Professional Development Specialist
Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine

Carole MacKenzie is the Professional Development Specialist for the Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine.  She brings to her role knowledge and skill sets from leadership positions across the continuum of care in academic medical center, community hospital, school health and public health settings. Prior to her appointment, she was the Director of Nursing Professional and Practice Development at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital and the Director of School Health Services for the Needham Public Schools.

Carole has broad experience in developing and implementing professional development programs for nursing and interdisciplinary staff, continuous quality improvement processes, and academic and community-based partnerships, to advance health and educational initiatives. Patient and family-centered care, preceptor education and interprofessional collaborative practice are three of her areas of focus and study. Carole is a member of the Association for Nursing Professional Development.

This webinar is not for credit.

Certificate of Program Participation and Successful Completion will be provided at the end of each learning module.  


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