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January 18th 2011:Oral health and Family Caregiving

Mickey Wener and Mary Bertone are registered dental hygienists engaged in clinical programs at the University of Manitoba. Both have personal experience with family caregiving. They explain why good oral health is so important, how it links with general health, and what problems are created when it isn’t good. They discuss challenges created by poor oral health for persons who aren’t mobile enough to attend a clinic and who are being cared for by a family caregiver at home or in a residential facility. They describe services provided by dental hygienists, and how dental hygienists work with fa

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Mary Bertone

Mary Bertone is a registered dental hygienist with 20 years of experience in the dental field. She is an oral-health promotion specialist with the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Community Oral Health. As part of her community role she’s in clinical practice in long-term care and in an inner city clinic. She provides dental hygiene care at a University-based long-term care facility. She mentors and instructs dental hygiene students in various community-based clinics. She’s actively involved research and in developing mouth-care policies and education resource material. She provides training for caregivers working in long-term care.
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Mickey Wener

Mickey Wener is a registered dental hygienist and holds the Masters degree in Education. She’s an educator at the University of Manitoba’s School of Dental Hygiene and Faculty of Dentistry. She’s the holder of a prestigious research grant. She’s received numerous awards for her teaching and health promotion work. She’s focused on reaching out to under-served populations through community-based programs. She’s spearheaded legislative change in Manitoba to increase the potential for public access to dental hygiene care. Recently, family caregiving entered her personal life. She supports her aging parents who live far away with her sister.
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