Carl Vinson VA Medical Center opens new program to promote dental hygiene

The goal of the program is to train nurses in oral health and educate the veterans about the necessity of oral health.

DUBLIN, Georgia(41NBC/WMGT) — The Carl Vinson VA Medical Center wants to help reduce pneumonia cases in their facility, so they recently started the HAPPEN program. It stands for Hospital Acquired Pneumonia Prevention by Engaging Nurses.

According to dental hygienist Michelle Lord, preventing pneumonia starts with your teeth. Cleaning them properly can help prevent bacteria from entering your lungs.

The goal of the program is to train nurses in oral health and educate veterans about the necessity of dental hygiene.

Lord says the program was a need at the center.

“It’s really increased too a good effort between the staff and the patients, because their family members can have peace of mind knowing that their veteran is going to be take care of in that manner, and the veteran feels good about it too,” she said.

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