HPV and Oral Cancer - Signs and Symptoms

Posted by Sarah Schuman, MS, CCC-SLP on 2/12/2018 to Head & Neck Cancer, Radiation Therapy
HPV is the most prevalent sexually transmitted virus. The best screening for HPV related oral cancer is by a medical or dental professional. However there are signs and symptoms that the individual can monitor. 

Article Review “The incidence of trismus and long-term impact on health-related quality of life in patients with head and neck cancer” (2013)

Posted by Sarah Schuman, MS, CCC-SLP on 2/5/2018 to Head & Neck Cancer, Radiation Therapy
Article Review “The incidence of trismus and long-term impact on health-related quality of life in patients with head and neck cancer” (2013)
This study assesses the negative impact of trismus (restricted mouth opening) on head and neck cancer patients daily life activities. 6-12 months post-treatment trismus was found to impact quality of life with decreased mouth opening, jaw related problems, eating limitations, muscular tension, dry mouth, swallowing and pain as well as anxiety and depression both pre- and post-treatment.

Article Review "Exercise intervention for the treatment of trismus in head and neck cancer – a prospective two-year follow-up study" (2016)

Posted by Sarah Schuman, MS, CCC-SLP on 1/29/2018 to Head & Neck Cancer, Radiation Therapy
Article Review
Investigation into long term effects of exercise intervention utilizing jaw mobilizing device on trismus in HNC patients. Concluded that jaw mobilizing devices produce positive outcomes that persist over time. 

New Research "Impact of Exercise with TheraBite device on trismus and health-related quality of life: A prospective study" (2017)

Posted by Sarah Schuman, MS, CCC-SLP on 1/17/2018 to Head & Neck Cancer, Radiation Therapy
New Research
The TheraBite's positive effects on maximum interincisal opening and health-related quality of life factors.

OraStretch Press vs. Therabite. A Testimonial from Dave Y.

Posted by Rob Christensen on 1/3/2018 to OraStretch Press
We received a really nice testimonial about our service and the OraStretch press from Dave Y. Dave recently switched to the OraStretch press, and says, compared to the TheraBite, he really prefers the OraStretch press because it is smaller and easier to use. He also wrote us to commend our billing staff as being "kind and empathizing with the customer." Thanks Dave!

Feeding Concerns for Babies with Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate

Posted by Sarah Schuman, MS, CCC-SLP on 12/18/2017 to Liquid & Soft Diets and Recipes
Cleft lip and cleft palate are common birth conditions that occur as a baby is developing in utero. Feeding is a common concern for babies born with clip lip and/or cleft palate. Depending on the severity of the cleft the baby may be able to breastfeed, bottle-feed or feed using specialized bottles.

Trismus Prevention and Treatment for Head & Neck for Cancer and Radiation Patients - Presentation at ASHA 2016

Posted by Rob Christensen on 11/21/2016 to Head & Neck Cancer, Radiation Therapy
At the 2016 national ASHA convention, we presented on "Trismus Prevention and Treatment for Head & Neck for Cancer and Radiation Patients." Here we provide a copy of the slides for the presentaion and the handout from the session.

Webinar on Trismus and Xerostomia for the Head & Neck Cancer Patient

Posted by Rob Christensen on 1/29/2015 to Head & Neck Cancer, Radiation Therapy
We have posted our first user-controlled webinar presentation about Head and Neck Cancer Rehabilitation Webinar, including information on trismus, xerostomia, the OraStretch press and TheraBite system.

Learn about diagnosing trismus, when to order a jaw motion rehab system for prevention of trismus, how to order, treatment options for xerostomia and more.

Medicare Coverage for the TheraBite System

Posted by Rob Christensen on 10/16/2014 to TheraBite System
Medicare Coverage for the TheraBite System
Medicare coverage for the Therabite system has changed. It is no longer being billed to Medicare, and patients will have to purchase the device direct.

How do I clean pads on the TheraBite system? How do I apply or replace the bitepads? I do I remove them? Here is a guide with tips and tricks.

Posted by Linda Van Rossen on 8/28/2013 to TheraBite System
Need instructions on how to apply, clean, remove, and replace the bitepads on your Therabite device?

Here are instructions on how to best use the ATOS TheraBite pads.

Why can't I Suck out of a Straw after Wisdom Teeth Removal and Oral Surgeires?

Posted by Linda Shafto on 8/15/2013 to NutriSqueeze™ Pouches and Bottles
Why Your Oral Surgeon Tells You Not To Use A Straw After Oral Surgery Procedures?

Recovery Advice for having your Wisdom Teeth Pulled.

Posted by Linda Van Rossen on 8/12/2013 to NutriSqueeze™ Pouches and Bottles
Preparation Advice from the Tooth Fairy for after your wisdom tooth or third molar Extraction. Tips,

What is included with the TheraBite System? An overview of the device, its parts, and what they do.

Posted by Linda Van Rossen on 8/7/2013 to Head & Neck Cancer, Radiation Therapy
Learn more about what is included in the TheraBite jaw motion rehab system, including parts and their purposes.

Warning: TMD “Diagnostic Tools” Proven To Be Inaccurate

Posted by Linda Van Rossen on 8/1/2013 to Surgery - Jaw, Facial, Oral, Cosmetic, Orthognathic
Does your doctor want to charge you to use EMG, Kinesiography, or Sonography to study or diagnose your TMJ disorder? You might want to get a second opinion.

A new study shows that many electronic diagnostic devices were no better than clinical exams at diagnosing TMJ disorder (TMD).

Do I have to go to the Dentist every six months? Should I?

Posted by Linda Van Rossen on 7/29/2013 to Oral Hygiene
Should I go to the dentist every 6 months? How often should I go?

You probably don't need to go that often, but high risk adults, should maybe go even more often. How often should you go?

Don't risk infection, Most People aren't Washing their Hands or are Doing it Wrong. Are you?

Posted by Linda Van Rossen on 7/26/2013 to Oral Hygiene
Do You Wash Your Hands after using the Bathroom?

Most of us don't. New studies show that we often do not wash our hands correctly, or AT ALL.

food poising from dirty hands sickens some 24 million people a year. If you're in the hospital for surgery, chemo, radiation, trauma, or to visit the doctor, you often have a weakened immune system and are at heightened risk for infections. Learn more about how often others fail, and how you can better protect yourself.

Breakfast Blitz Smoothie. Protein with great seeds and fruit.

Posted by Linda Van Rossen on 7/15/2013 to Liquid & Soft Diets and Recipes
This is a nutritious breakfast smoothie you can put in your travel mug and enjoy on your commute!  Its got fruit, yogurt, flax, ginseng and almonds.  Yum!

Constipation? Popeye’s Power Smoothie

Posted by Linda Van Rossen on 6/26/2013 to Liquid & Soft Diets and Recipes
As a surgical nurse for many years a common patient complaint is “constipation,” an extremely common side effect of pain medications.

Hopefully Popeye’s power will do the trick with lots of fiber, and most importantly: great taste!

Peak Of Freshness!! Strawberry Lime Smoothies

Posted by Linda Van Rossen on 6/19/2013 to Liquid & Soft Diets and Recipes
Spring’s freshest berries make this smoothie drink irresistible!!

Summer Fresh Mango Smoothie

Posted by Linda Van Rossen on 6/12/2013 to Liquid & Soft Diets and Recipes
Treat yourself to this yummi-licious blend of mango, pineapple,banana and honey.

Is Our PAIN Visible??

Posted by Linda Van Rossen on 6/12/2013 to TMJ Disorder - TMD
“Subjectivity” is the main issue when asked the question: Are you having any pain”? Now researchers can see where and how pain acts in your brain.

Tips for Great Oral and Dental Care for Patients with Disabilities

Posted by Rob Christensen on 6/10/2013 to Jaw Function, Trismus, and Jaw Therapies
Problems with dental care? Quest, the magazine for the MDA Foundation, had a great article by Bill Greenberg with tips and ideas on how to maintain good oral health in people with neuromuscular disease, muscular distrophy, trismus and other disabilities. Tips include special toothbrushes, finding a dentist, and treating trismus.

Need TMJ Relief? Here are Some Easy Self Massage Tips

Posted by Linda Shafto on 6/6/2013 to Jaw Function, Trismus, and Jaw Therapies
TMJ pain is unpredictable and can strike at anytime, and anywhere. Knowing a few tricks to relieve your pain is essential to your comfort and life’s enjoyment.

A Dry Mouth Remedy: Mouth Kote

Posted by Linda Shafto Van Rossen on 2/15/2013 to Head & Neck Cancer, Radiation Therapy
Dry Mouth RemedtI was recently contacted by a friend of mine, who's Mom was suffering from severe dry mouth as a result of chemo and radiation therapy. She had tried all the usual remedies and could find nothing that gave her true relief for more then a few moments.  But I had something for her to try...

My Salagen Experience: Too Much Saliva vs. Not enough

Posted by Linda Shafto-Van Rossen on 10/8/2012 to Xerostomia, Dry Mouth
drooling babyAs a patient with Lupus and Sjogren's syndrome, I am always looking for a relief to some of the symptoms.  I recently went for my routine 6 month check up with my rheumatologist.

Dry Mouth is a major issue for me, so when visiting my doctor I mentioned it to him, and he gave me a prescription for Salagen (pilocarpine) 5 mg. Normal dosing is one 10 mg. pill 3 times-a-day.