Care Homes

 

Dental Health Matters....

Dental health matters, especially for the elderly. There are well-known links between poor oral health and poor general health. Poor oral hygiene is common in elderly patients who may lack the dexterity to clean their teeth properly or may not remember whether they have cleaned them or not. Many carers have not had proper training in how to assist with toothbrushing. Sometimes carers assist with the cleaning of a partial denture but fail to realise that the resident still has some of their own teeth remaining which never get cleaned. Many elderly people have worn the same set of dentures for years, while gum shrinkage and weight loss mean that those dentures no longer fit properly. Badly fitting dentures are uncomfortable and make eating difficult, sometimes leading to further weight loss or the resident refusing to wear their dentures and having to move to a diet of pureed food. Denture wearers are also as much if not more at risk of oral cancer than those retaining their own teeth but if your residents are not having dental check-ups, this silent killer could go undiagnosed. In addition, many dentures are lost during hospital stays or simply go astray in the residential care environment and if they are not replaced promptly, the patient may never get used to wearing them again. with knock-on effects on nutrition and ability to enjoy their food.

 

Change is coming

For a long time, oral health has been the poor relation of general health but increasingly it is coming under the spotlight. Recent NICE Guidance on Oral Health for Adults in Care Homes has raised its profile and the Care Quality Commission has begun to look into dental access for the residential care sector.

 

What provisions do you currently have in place for residents needing access to dental care?

Are you able to supply staff and transport to take residents out to a local practice? Do you have to pass the cost of this on to the residents? Do you rely on visiting relatives to take residents to dental appointments? How efficiently is the NHS able to respond when you have a resident requiring a home dental visit? 

 

On-Site Dental Clinics

We can hold regular dental clinics at your home, enabling residents - even those with dementia and mobility problems - to receive regular check-ups and a range of treatments at a much lower cost than individual appointments. If you are looking for a way to ensure equal access to dental care for your residents, this provides a practical and effective solution.

 

Book ORCA Training for your staff

We have created an Oral Health for Care Homes (ORCA) training course for care staff which includes practical exercises and template oral health assessment form, checklist and care plan to help homes comply with best practice and keep records to evidence this.

 

Tell Your Residents and Relatives About Us

Please tell residents and their families about our service. We are happy to provide you with leaflets and cards to hand out.

 

 

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