Oral Health

Picture of a hygienist examining an lady's mouth - Oral Health Training Course
Course No. 1034

£295.00 ((Ex VAT))

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  • Online - Zoom 2 hour(s)
  • Up to 12 delegates
Available Funding:
Self Funded
Silver VIP Customers: 2 VIP Hours
Gold VIP Customers: £0.00

Course Outline

Oral health has a major impact on quality of life, our overall health and wellbeing.  Our mouths are full of bacteria, most of which are harmless.  However, our mouth is also the first step in our digestive system. This means that harmful bacteria and other pathogens can be easily transferred into our body through our mouth. The respiratory system also begins in the mouth, allowing bacteria and viruses to be transferred directly from our mouth to our lungs. This Oral Health Course explores the links between poor oral health and disease and how to break that link through good mouth care.

Why is oral health important?

We use our mouth to express ourselves, to talk, to smile and to eat.  We often compliment people on  “a lovely smile” or “nice teeth!”, which means that how our mouth looks to others can have a major impact on how we feel about ourselves. Good oral health and “nice teeth” can build confidence and self-esteem, however poor oral health and the resulting “bad teeth” can have a negative impact on confidence levels.

The first thing that many of us do when getting up in the morning, is brush our teeth. It makes us feel fresh and ready to face the day. People who we support also benefit from the emotional lift that starting and ending the day with a clean mouth gives us.

A person-centred approach includes oral health

Looking after the oral health of people who we support is an essential element of person-centred care and support. Good oral health improves communication with others, because speaking uses our teeth, gums and tongue to help to form our words.

Finally, a healthy mouth is a pain-free mouth. Eating is one of life’s great pleasures, and a pain-free mouth enables us to enjoy this simple pleasure every day.


To understand the importance of oral health and to support clients to maintain good mouth care.

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  • Understand the importance of service user oral health and the potential effect on their general health, wellbeing and dignity
  • Understand the potential impact of untreated dental pain or mouth infection on the behaviour, and general health and wellbeing of people who cannot articulate their pain or distress or ask for help. (This includes, for example, residents with dementia or communication difficulties)
  • Know how and when to reassess service user’s oral health
  • Know how to deliver daily mouth care
  • Know how and when to report any oral health concerns for service users, and how to respond to a service user’s changing needs and circumstances.
  • Understand the importance of denture marking (where applicable) and how to arrange this for service users, with their permission

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