Posted @withregram • @dysphagiadude Thank you Dr. Ianessa Humbert for inspiring me and educating me on this post! Valleculae aggregation freaks people out sometimes, but is it really all that concerning? Check out the video and comment below!
Posted @withregram • @dysphagiaoutreachproject Oral care is vital to our health. Those with dysphagia are at an increased risk of having food and/or liquids fall below the vocal folds, also referred to as aspiration.
According to Ashford (2012), pneumonia is caused by bacteria from the mouth entering the lungs. Individuals can reduce bacteria in the mouth by completing oral care daily.
Sheffler (2018) states that the best way to reduce bacteria in the mouth is to brush the teeth, palate, and tongue with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
The American Dental Assocoatiob (n.d.) provides instructions for proper oral care including:
1. Use of a toothbrush with soft rounded nylon bristles.
2. Placement of bristles at the gum line touching both the teeth and gum at a 45 degree angle.
3. Gently brush the outer surface of 2-3 teeth moving the brush from the gum line down towards the chewing surface. Continue in sets of 2-3 teeth and repeat until all have been cleaned.
4. Clean behind the teeth as well as the inner and outer surfaces. Brush the tongue from the back to the front.
5. Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months.
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Posted @withregram • @medslp_collective What is Multiple Sclerosis and what is the SLP's role with this patient population?
Swipe through the graphics to learn about the disease course and the SLP's role. Read below for more info!
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an abnormal immune system response directed at the central nervous system (CNS), specifically the neurons, causing damage to the myelin (the protective coating around axonal fibers) and often the axon itself. Damage to the axons results in reduced rate of neural transmission, subsequently leading to the characteristic signs and symptoms of MS.
Notably, damage to the axon results in scar tissue, producing lesions that are visible on clinical neuroimaging (National MS Society, 2019). The location of these lesions and therefore the symptoms of MS vary significantly from patient to patient; however, the following locations are often susceptible to lesions:
🔹the optic nerve
🔹white matter surrounding the ventricles
(Stadelmann et al., 2011).
MS primarily affects young adults between the ages of 20 and 40 years, however there is no proven cause. It is thought that the immune response may be triggered by a virus, environmental factors and/or genetic susceptibility (Boyden, 2000).
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