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Dinner Through a Straw
This favorite handbook of doctors and patients provides methods to simplify and eating and hydration following mouth, jaw, dental or facial limitations for chewing, swallowing.

Zip-N-Squeeze Bag
Disposable bags with leakproof zipper close, flexible small diameter tubing, tubing clamp to prevent spillage 

DTAS Large Soft-Squeeze Bottle
A new and improved soft squeeze bottle that is flexible to the touch

DTAS Small Ultra Soft Nalgene (R) Squeeze Bottle 
Ultra soft 8 oz squeeze bottle with small size drinking spout

Cool Jaw Wraps
Cool Jaw stretch wrap and four blue gel packs

Dinner Through A Straw Pre-Assembled Kits
Provided for convenience, cost-consciousness, and thoroughness in the healing and eating processes

  • Complete Kit
  • First Aide Kit
  • Dinner Kit

 

 

Dinner Through a Straw

This favorite handbook of doctors and patients provides methods to simplify and eating and hydration following mouth, jaw, dental or facial limitations for chewing, swallowing.  It provides support following cancer treatments that can negatively affect eating patterns and weight loss as well as support for other eating aversions.

Since its introduction in 1987, the popularity of this handbook has made it the "go to" resource for patients needing eating assistance.  DTAS may be the first product of its kind and has maintained up to date revisions.  Other supplements have been attempted but could not replace the detailed patient support promoted throughout the book.  This book of over 100 pages was originally written by a patient who only lost six pounds in her six weeks of intermaxillary fixation (teeth wired shut). Since that time, it has been reviewed and endorsed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons, dieticians, cancer management specialist and patients.
It is in layman’s terms and easy to understand. Its recent revision makes it current to today’s use and widely used for many needs.  Patients and families continue to rave about the support provided through the book and product line.  The book and products provide ideas and methods of food consumption and wellness techniques to promote patient responsibility for the healing process.  By simplifying the eating process, the body maintains better nutrition and hydration and reduces complications and the emotional anxiety associated with eating limitations.

 

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Dinner Through A Straw . . .

  • Is guidelines of instruction for those in maxillary trauma or with need for a liquid or soft food diet as well as support to simplify methods of eating and hydration with specific products to aid in the process
  • Promotes methods of eating following mouth, jaw, dental or facial limitations for chewing and swallowing as well as support for patients and caregivers of those recovering from cancer treatments that can negatively affect eating and weight loss
  • Provides attention to personal food preferences, eating support, oral hygiene, methods of food consumption, items to have on hand to promote eating and healing processes
  • Is worded in simple language, easy to read and understand
  • Is patient education for postoperative care of the oral surgery patient
  • Is expanded to include over 150 recipes, many of which are from patients themselves
  • Provides recipes that are tasty and flexible enough to serve the entire family or prepare as soft food or liquified for jaw limitations
  • Has nutrition facts with each recipe
  • Is the positive approach to speedy recovery
  • Encourages patients to take responsibility for their healing process
  • Enhances the quality of life during the recovery period of the patient
  • Provides reassurance and direction during difficult times

 

Dinner Through A Straw discusses . . .

  • Dental Hygiene
  • Food Selections and Management
  • Skin Care and Self-Image
  • Alternative Food Suggestions
  • Reassurance for Those with Chewing Disorders
  • Questions to Ask Your Doctor
  • Eating Strategies during Cancer Recovery
  • Alternative Food Suggestions
  • On-the-Go Foods
  • Food Preparation for:
    Breakfast, Soup, Salads, Entrees, Desserts, Side Dishes

 

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Who benefits from
Dinner Through A Straw
. . .

  • Patients
  • Physicians and Nurses
  • Family Members, Caregivers, Friends
  • TMJ Disorders, Dysphagia
  • Stroke Patients
  • Denture Problems
  • Facial Malformations
  • Cancer Treatment Patients
  • Baby Food Alternative
  • Jaw Realignment Surgical Patients
  • Scleroderma Patients
  • AIDS Patients
  • Any condition that makes chewing, food consumption or swallowing difficult

Zip-N-Squeeze Bags

Simplify and ease eating and drinking. Mouth related swelling, pain, recovering from oral surgery, weakened facial muscles, dysphagia or wired jaws can make it difficult for patients to eat or drink from a cup. 
Zip-N-Squeeze
bags work wonderfully when filled with broth, liquids, protein drinks, medication, shakes and pureed foods from the Dinner Through A Straw book. The pleated bottom of the pureed bag allows the bag to stand upright. The pinch clamp prevents spills, and the patented leakproof zipper is designed to prevent rupturing when pressure is applied and food pressed through the straw into the mouth.  The disposable bags are reusable for a few times and then thrown away.

Two styles of food bags are available for food consumption. Liquid bags have more narrow tubes for clear liquids resulting in less pressure near swollen soft tissues immediately after surgery.  Pureed bags have 2 sizes of larger diameter flexible tubes.  The difference in the bags is related to the narrow size or the larger sizes of the soft flexible attached tube.

Liquid Zip-N-Squeeze Bags include ....

Prepackaged ZNS bags with leakproof zipper close, flexible small diameter tubing, tubing clamp to prevent spillage 

  • Item 108 Single bag
  • Item 110 Package of 5 ZNS bags
  • Attachable liquid straws included with the bags
  • Tube clamp to prevent spillage
  • Instructions for assembly

Pureed Food Zip-N-Squeeze Bags include....

Prepackaged ZNS bags with pleated bottoms for standing come with feeding tube attachments.  Two sizes of feeding tubes are included, each with a larger diameter than the liquid bags to allow pureed food consistencies.

  • Item 109 Single bag
  • Item 111 Package of 5 ZNS bags
  • Prepackaged zippered bag with 2 attachable pureed tubes
  • Tube clamp to prevent spillage
  • Instructions for assembly

 

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DTAS Large Soft-Squeeze Bottle

A new and improved soft squeeze bottle that is flexible to the touch. Mueller sports bottles have a longstanding reputation for their easy use and soft squeeze application.  This is a sensible way of drinking food on the go, and it has been used by athletes for years for quick hydration. No sucking. The amount of liquid dispensed is in direct proportion to the amount of pressure applied to the side of the bottle.  Graphics illustrate our DTAS logo and product information.


Why patients love the SOFT SQUEEZE BOTTLE. . .

  • Great on-the-go eating device with no spills and no mess
  • Large size 32 oz container holds large portions for less refilling
  • Simply squeeze (no sucking) to prevent pain, pressure, bleeding
  • Ultra soft and easily squeezable
  • Can be used long after recovery

 

 

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DTAS Small Ultra Soft Nalgene (R) Squeeze Bottle                  

Ultra soft 8 oz squeeze bottle with small size drinking spout is ideal for....

  • Spray of mouthwash or when swollen mouth tissues prefer           the smallness of size and comfort
  • Spray stream is narrow and easy to direct and control the liquid flow
  • Great for small "sips" of liquid or for children with lip or mouth weakness preventing drinking from a cup or straw
  • This multi-purpose, extra soft squeeze bottle dispenses liquid in direct proportion to pressure applied to the bottle
  • Screw on closure with stem is one piece for leakproof service 
  • Top of the stem may be cut back to increase flow. 

 

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Cool Jaw Wraps                

Cool Jaw stretch wrap and four blue gel packs are a hands free
design for immediate use following reconstructive jaw surgery,
dental implants, extraction of teeth, swollen jaws or jaw pain.

  • Elegant, satin spandex fabric that is extremely soft on the skin 
  • Pockets for frozen gel packs extend from cheekbone to     cheekbone to give full coverage over surgical areaAllows constant compression over the area to reduce swelling and associated pain
  • Two rows of Velcro closure for universal adjustable fit
  • Four moldable, pliable gel packs as opposed to clear ice packs that are hard and frozen solid
  • Gel packs can also be heated
  • All gel packs are reusable and wraps are washable
  • Allows rotating 4 packs while freezing 2 packs and using 2 packs
  • Enhances post operative recovery for patients

 

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Dinner Through A Straw Pre-Assembled Kits are provided for convenience, cost consciousness and thoroughness in the healing and eating processes. Each kit is unique and geared for specific needs. These kits are often ordered by physicians to give to the patient at surgery or by the patient and family members to promote wellness.

 

Complete Kit

The Complete Kit gathers all of the items needed to assemble the eating device that physicians have recommended for years along with the DTAS book.  It includes....

  • Copy of Dinner Through A Straw
  • Soft Squeeze Bottle
  • 60 CC syringe for food storage
  • Red tubing to manage liquid food flow
  • 2 blue tip tubes to manage thicker, pureed food     flow
  • Instructions for  care and use

 

 

 


 

 

 

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First Aide Kit

The First Aide Kit combines convenience with the necessary supplies to ease recovery at home following surgery and  includes....

  • Copy of Dinner Through A Straw
  • Ultra soft toothbrush to reach around appliance and tender gums
  • Peroxyle, a hydrogen peroxide antiseptic oral rinse
  • Burt’s Bees lip balm moisturizer
  • Lotion moisturizing tissues
  • Mild mouthwash
  • Q-Tip brand cotton swabs
  • 2 Packages of dental wax in sterile containers for sharp dental wires and tender mouth tissues

 

 

 

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The Dinner Kit
   
The Dinner Kit has the best of both the liquid and the pureed feeding bags along with the DTAS book.  The kit includes....        

  • Copy of Dinner Through A Straw
  • One package of 5 liquid Zip N Squeeze bags with narrow tubing and clamps to prevent spillage
  • One package of 5 pureed Zip N Squeeze bags with larger tubing and clamps to prevent spillage
  • Prepackaged 2 extra tubes for optional use with pureed ZNS bags of medium diameter
  • Instructions for care and use

 

 

 

 

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COMMENTS FROM OUR SATISFIED CLIENTS:

From Oral Surgeon in Midwest: “I feel confident that when I provide a copy of Dinner Through A Straw
to a patient they have been well informed with written information about food consumption and the healing process.”

 


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