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Keep Smiling: Dental care and oral health for older people in care homes

The oral health of care home residents and the apparent lack of attention paid to this important subject represent a concern about caring for their loved ones which is frequently expressed by callers to the R&RA advice line. The R&RA has therefore revised, updated and reissued its highly regarded booklet on dental care and oral health.

In her foreword, Baroness Gardner of Parkes writes: ‘As a dentist in NHS practice for 35 years, now retired, I am very well aware of the difference that good dental care can make in older people’s lives. This publication rightly emphasises its benefits to their social and psychological wellbeing … This is a guide for practical everyday use by individuals and their carers.’

‘Offers a common-sense approach for those charged with looking after the oral health of older people in care homes. It is a big step forward.’ Professor Jimmy Steele, Chair of the independent review of NHS dental services in England, 2009

‘Incredibly useful and well-constructed document.’ Dr Kenneth I. Wilson, Consultant in Special Care Dentistry, Heart of Birmingham Teaching PCT.

‘A very useful document designed to help care staff address the topic of dental care, and residents and relatives to know the types of questions they should ask…highlights the importance of good oral health to all aspects of a person’s life and gives advice about how that might be achieved in a residential setting.’ Social Caring

Recommended by the British Society of Gerodontology

July 2009, 24 A4 pages, ISBN 978-1-900216-10-4.  Publication price £8.00: R&RA members £6.00. [Currently sold out with a new revised edition in course of preparation, but facsimile photocopies may still be available: please contact us for further details.]

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