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Recent News stories
A new and revised version of the highly successful Patient Information leaflet "Your Teeth For Life" is now available
FGDP(UK) supports drive to improve oral health in care homes
The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) is supporting a new standards document from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on oral health promotion in care homes.
Over 425,000 people in the UK live in care homes, and the new quality standard recommends that residents have their oral health needs assessed on admission and recorded in their personal care plans, and are supported to clean their teeth twice a day and/or their dentures daily.
Dr Paul Batchelor, a Fellow and Board-member-elect of the FGDP, Editor of the Faculty’s forthcoming guidance on dementia-friendly dental practice, and a member of the Quality Standards Advisory Committee which developed the new standard, commented:
“The degree of oral health provision in care homes is highly variable, but these basic measures – assessing, recording and daily cleaning - could significantly improve the health and quality of life of residents, and should be applied universally.”
NICE published a clinical guideline on the oral health of adults in care homes last year, and has also produced a quick guide resource for care home managers on improving residents’ oral health.
Members might like to know the Mail on Sunday, 21st May, published a pull-out Dental Health Guide. This contains a number of articles about gum health, including one by former BSP President, Dr Phil Ower, on Gum Disease. Sadly, the Guide was only distributed to 365,000 within the London & South East. However, the full guide can be accessed online and Dr Ower's article appears at Page 42 via the link below.
Once again, we are supporting the European Federation of Periodontology's annual initiative to raise awareness of gum disease among dental professionals, health professionals and the general public. Our flyer says it all!