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17th May 2022

Care providers urged to support National Smile Month

Care workers are being asked to support a campaign aimed at improving oral health.

National Smile Month is a charity campaign all about championing the benefits of having good oral health and promoting the value of a healthy smile.

Between 16 May and 16 June, the Oral Health Foundation will be raising awareness of important health issues and ready to put a smile on everybody's face. They want as many people as possible to get involved.

Maintaining good oral health throughout life and into older age improves general health and wellbeing, and plays an important part in helping people stay independent.

The CQC report Smiling matters: oral health care in care homes revealed that too many people living in care homes were not being supported to maintain and improve their oral health.

It recommended the implementation of the NICE guideline Oral health for adults in care homes.

Key messages for great oral health

During National Smile Month, four key messages for better oral health are being promoted:

  • Brush teeth for two minutes, last thing at night and one other time during the day, with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Clean between your teeth every day
  • Cut down how much and how often you have sugary foods and drinks
  • Visit a dentist regularly

It has also unveiled some advice for people and professionals about oral health and how it is linked to other conditions. These include:

QCS has recently updated an Oral Factsheet for our customers in England, Wales, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland that can be found in the Resource Centre.

Further information and resources

National Smile Month - https://www.dentalhealth.org/national-smile-month

England

Smiling matters: oral health care in care homes https://www.cqc.org.uk/publications/major-report/smiling-matters-oral-health-care-care-homes

Improving oral health for adults in care homes
https://www.nice.org.uk/about/nice-communities/social-care/quick-guides/improving-oral-health-for-adults-in-care-homes

Oral heath toolkit for adults in care homes https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/adult-oral-health-in-care-homes-toolkit/oral-health-toolkit-for-adults-in-care-homes

Scotland

Caring for smiles: Guide for care homes  https://www.scottishdental.org/library/caring-for-smiles-guide-for-care-homes/

Supporting better oral care in care homes https://www.careinspectorate.com/images/documents/6292/Supporting%20better%20oral%20care%20in%20care%20homes%202021%20-%20final.pdf

Wales

Improving oral health for older people living in care homes in Wales https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/publications/2019-11/improving-oral-health-for-older-people-living-in-care-homes-in-wales-march-2019_0.pdf

Mouth Cancer leaflets for care homes

https://www.mouthcancerfoundation.org/news/mouth-cancer-leaflets-for-care-homes/

 

For more tips on dental care, you can download our oral care factsheet (England) here 

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