We understand the difficulties care staff face when providing daily mouth care to challenging residents and appreciate the importance of person-centred care. We offer help and provide assistance to caregivers by sharing our knowledge and developing practical skills.
ORAL HEALTH TRAINING
assisted living, residential& nursing
TRAIN THE TRAINER
courses for Trainers, Oral Care Champions per care home
1 to 1 training presentation and course material provided
Ongoing ORAL CARE TRAINING delivered by
Dental Care Professionals
from £40 per month
Oral Health 'Quick Reference' mouth care poster
FREE Oral Health Assessment form
Since June 2017 it is mandatory for care homes to carry out an oral health assessment on all new residents regardless of how long their stay is. (QS151)
For KOHC Oral Health Assessment form to download and duplicate click HERE
Hydrating the mouth with a persons' favourite tipple such as Bayley's, Sherry might sound like a nice thing to do but this should be avoided as alcohol has a drying effect on the mouth and will further dehydrate the oral mucosa. more
A study shows tooth loss comparison between adults with learning disabilities and the general population of the same age (35 to 44 yrs). - Learning Disabilities - 20% complete tooth loss - Peers of general poplation - 2% complete tooth loss more
Unfortunately as people advance with dementia they often become more resistant to mouth care. Admittedly, providing good oral care for residents that are uncooperative can be more
Having had a number of hygienists, nurses and carers trial the brushes I can recommend them as a safe alternative to the sponge swabs. The bristles are designed for removing plaque and debris from the teeth BUT because the bristles more
One of the most common dental/oral complaints in care homes is loose dentures. There are a number of reasons that can cause denture to become loose such as weight loss and facial muscle tone, bone resorption (gum recession) more
A surprisingly high percentage of senior denture users do not remove their dentures during the night . Wearing dentures continually, and especially at night when salivary flow naturally diminishes, more
Plaque will stick to any hard surface and will therefore adhere to dentures just as they do on natural teeth, the regular cleaning of dentures is essential to more
It is my understanding that unconscious patients require mouth care as often as every 2 hrs and 4-6 hourly care is recommended for patients that are palliative care. This may not necessarily be brushing teeth each time more
HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED THAT ALZHEIMERS COULD HAVE AN INFECTIOUS CAUSE! This alarming hypothesis is being supported by a growing number of scientific studies.more
Many people on the autism spectrum sense the world differently to other people, they have difficulty processing everyday sensory information.more
One of the reasons why mouth care is so critical in care homes is that elderly vulnerable adults are particularly at risk from developing respiratory diseases. more
It is not necessary to throw your toothbrush away or disinfect it if you are sick as you are unlikely to re-infect yourself. Viruses can live on a moist surface for up to 72 hours, more
Jane Peterson, founder of Knowledge Oral Health Care Ltd was singled out with Highly Commended in Best Hygienist Award 2018 for her outstanding dedication to improving the oral health outcomes in the community. This is recognised at the most prestigious award in Oral Health Promotion.
According to the Oral Health Foundation more than 7,800 people were diagnosed with mouth cancer in the UK last year and these numbers are predicted to rise in the coming years! more
Most care homes are aware that mouth sponge swabs have been banned in Wales and are to be used with extreme caution in England. more
It is thought that 1 in 4 people have regular bad breath (halitosis). Some people do not notice that they have bad breath but other people WILL and will probably feel uncomfortable more
Firstly could I just point out that if you read the instructions on a denture cleaning product, it states that dentures should be soaked for 20minutes in other words NOT overnight. more
THICK COATED TONGUE AND COATED PALATE IN THE PALLIATIVE CARE RESIDENT Ever wondered if you should be cleaning the palate and tongue? more
As we grow older our sense of smell and taste changes. We are born with approximately 9,000 taste buds which are regularly regenerated until after 50 more
Caregivers that are reading this will have noticed the amount of residents they assist with tooth brushing that present with broken teeth. Have you ever wondered why? more
In care homes pneumonia is the second most common infection after urinary tract infection, and the leading cause of death among the elderly more
I HAD TRAINING WITH THE HYGIENIST, SHE WAS FRIENDLY, PROFESSIONAL. THE TRAINING WAS REALLY INFORMATIVE AND INTERESTING. FIRST CLASS TRAINING FROM A REALLY LOVELY LADY.
Jean (head of carer) West Hall Care Home, West Byfleet (Anchor)
HAVING REGULAR VISITS FROM THE HYGIENIST HAS CONTRIBUTED TO A RAISING OF THE STANDARDS OF CARE IN THE HOME IN GENERAL AND THE EXCELLENT ORAL TRAINING WHICH HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY THE HYGIENIST HAS LED TO AN IMPROVED KNOWLEDGE AND AWARENESS AMONGST STAFF OF THE IMPORTANCE OF ORAL HEALTHCARE.
Simona (care manager)
Pinewood Nursing Home, Chidham, West Sussex
THE QM STAFF AND I LOVED YESTERDAY'S ORAL HEALTH CARE TRAINING! HOW INFORMATIVE AND THE HYGIENIST WAS A LOVELY LADY! CAN YOU PLEASE PASS ON TO HER THAT WE GOT SO MUCH OUT OF THAT! WE'LL TAKE THOSE IDEAS AND POLICY FORWARD INTO THE CARE PLANS.
The Queensmead, Polegate (Chanctonbury Healthcare Ltd)
THE ATTENDEES REALLY ENJOYED THE TRAINING SESSION AND I LOOK FORWARD TO BOOKING SOME MORE SESSIONS WITH YOU NEXT YEAR.