by Dana Yumul
The problem we solve: We are trying to solve the gap in dental hygiene care for the homebound and disabled. Hundreds of thousands of disabled children and adults are unable to receive traditional dental care. Dental disease is highest in children and the disabled community. They aren't able to go into a dental clinic or cannot afford to wait for a community clinic. There are over 40,000 disabled in my county (Alameda County, CA) that need these services. Please check out the facts: https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/oral_health_disparities/index.htm http://www.acgov.org/board/bos_calendar/documents/DocsAgendaReg_4_23_18/HEALTH%20CARE%20SERVICES/Regular%20Calendar/Persons_with_disabilities_Alameda_County_H_4_23_18.pdf
About our solution: We started a dental hygiene group to serve this vulnerable population. We will go into different memory care facilities, nursing homes, disabled regional centers, hospitals, and schools, to provide dental hygiene services on-site.Progress to date:
We have purchased mobile dental hygiene equipment, marketing materials, and currently meeting with executive directors of nursing facilities. We are offering dental hygiene training to the medical staff to build rapport and trust. We are gaining momentum and asking to join the care team which increases the desirability for incoming elderly and homebound. Oral health helps the individual's overall health. Family members are more like to spend intimate time with loved ones in the absence of oral infection which can have a strong unpleasant smell. There is a connection between oral hygiene health and systemic disease. If we can eliminate oral hygiene infections, we'll have a healthier community. We want to improve the elderly and disabled community's quality of life.
Creator: Dana Yumul
Bio: Dana Yumul is the owner of Mobile Dental Hygiene Group. Dana is an expert in the dental field as a clinical provider and manager for over a decade treating thousands of patients. She loves to clean teeth, educate, and motivate our patients. She has experience treating geriatric, pediatric, and the general population. She has over 60,000 hours of restorative practice that allows her to differentiate herself from other RDHAPs. She carries a restorative license, RDHEF II that allows for fillings, crowns, dentures, and root canal techniques giving a well-rounded approach to treating the patient’s dental needs. Although she plans to provide dental hygiene services only, Dana is able to recognize diseases and treatments that require the needs of a dentist or a specialist. Dana is a mother of 3 amazing children, Giovani, Joshua Jr., and Brea. She loves to spend time with her children and husband Joshua. She also cares for her mother Lisa and two dogs Ivey and Junior. EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene, FHCC Associates of Science in Dental Hygiene, SJVC RDHAP Dental Hygiene Program, UOP RDAEF II Dental Program, UCLA
Hospital Affiliation: Home care
Advanced Degree(s): RDHAP, RDH, RDA, RDA EF II
The need is for a mobile dental x-ray, x-ray sensor, and software. We cannot see all diseases without a dental x-ray. We need the x-rays to observe bone loss, dental caries, periodontal infection, and other emergency needs. If the patient requires a deep cleaning they must have dental x-rays. If the home-bound, disabled, or elder patient has a dental infection we can refer to an oral surgeon, dentist, or medical professional immediately if we have x-rays. The patient's health is the absolute end goal and priority, to improve their oral health. To give the opportunity to patients that are unable to receive traditional dental care. Reducing oral infection will help their overall health.
We plan to reduce pain, oral disease, increase the overall well-being of our shared patients. We rely on your medical expertise and approval to perform dental hygiene services on-site and at their location. A healthier mouth means a healthier body. There is a connection between oral health disease and a decrease in quality of life. TOGETHER we can improve a patient's health and reduce oral infection. Reducing oral infection can help stabilize medications (or at times reduce the need for prescription) and limit the hyperactive inflammatory response by oral bacteria reduction.
We support hospitals by reducing patient's oral pain. Reducing infection in the mouth can help individuals well being, attitude, and physical and mental health. We will support the hospital by providing on-site dental hygiene care to patients. The patient can suffer from an oral infection that causes systemic inflammation. Oral hygiene disease can increase diabetes, heart disease, a decrease a person's quality of life. Help us to improve the disabled and elderly community's quality of life.
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