Implementing and sustaining evidence-based practices in long-term care.

Oral Health

The following resource is designed to assist Long-Term Care (LTC) homes with the implementation of Oral Health: Nursing Assessment and Intervention Best Practice Guideline. Documents found in this resource are evidence-based, but it is not a program plan. Each LTC home is unique and each home is in various stages of guideline implementation. LTC homes are advised to use the resource at their discretion. For those resources that have copyright notations, it is recommended that LTC homes obtain permission from the primary author prior to implementing them within their setting. The Toolkit is a dynamic resource, and is being updated and revised on a regular basis by the LTC Best Practices Program team. Visit this site often to see what's new!

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Mouthcare resources for caregivers: Fact sheets and video clips

This link takes you to the website of the University of Manitoba Rady Faculty of Health Sciences' collection of long term care fact sheets and video clips which can be used to support mouth care training for caregivers.

University of Manitoba: Rady Faculty of Health Science. (n.d.).  Mouthcare resources for caregivers: Fact sheets and video clips.  Retrieved from http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/health_sciences/dentistry/ccoh/longterm-care-facts.html

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Caring for dentures: Tips for seniors and caregivers

This fact sheet from the British Columbia Dental Association has clear pictures and good tips on how to care for dentures.

British Columbia Dental Association. (n.d.). Caring for dentures: Tips for seniors and caregivers. [Fact sheet].  Retrieved from http://www.yourdentalhealth.ca/Assets/Caring%20for%20Dentures_YDH.pdf

 

Selected associations between oral conditions and general health

This diagram illustrates how oral health and general health are closely related.

FDI World Dental Federation. (2015). Selected associations between oral conditions and general health  in Oral Health Atlas (p. 15). Retrieved from https://www.fdiworlddental.org/sites/default/files/media/15_oral_health_2.pdf

Whole body health requires oral health - talking points (CDHA)

This document offers talking points on the connection between oral and overall health. Oral health can influence other body systems, while therapies for chronic diseases can have an impact on the oral cavity and nurses can use this fact sheet while talking to residents and families about the importance of oral hygiene.  

The Canadian Dental Hygienist Association. (2015). Talking points – whole body health requires oral health. [Fact sheet]. Retrieved from https://files.cdha.ca/profession/resources/FactSheet_WholeBody_printerFriendly_final2.pdf

Source: Canadian Dental Hygienists Association www.cdha.ca.

Oral care best practices for residents with responsive behaviour: Approaches and strategies

This RNAO-sponsored webinar is 34 minutes long, with a focus on dementia oral care.

Kurchinski, K., & Woodbeck, H. (2016). Oral care best practices for residents with responsive behaviour: Approaches and strategies [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFS1c-qpCeE

 

 

Oral care approaches when residents have expressive behaviours

This YouTube webinar from the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario Oral Care Community of Practice describes options for giving oral care to residents who have expressive behaviours.  It provides a background on the meaning of behaviours and practical ways to approach oral care.

Thoma, J., & Kurchinski, K. (2016). Oral Care Approaches when Residents have Expressive Behaviours [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntcCpfOZBPE

Growing old with a smile - video series and workbook

This website offers a workbook with 10 accompanying videos to help long-term care home staff to learn techniques to provide better oral care to their residents. 

Minnesota Dental Association. (n.d.). Growing old with a smile: Oral health for older adults in long-term care. Retrieved from https://www.mndental.org/public/oral-health/seniors-and-oral-health/

 

For caregivers – A guide to providing oral care (ODHA)

This fact sheet from the Ontario Dental Hygienists' Association provides signs of poor oral care and gives clear instructions for how a caregiver can give oral care to another person.

Ontario Dental Hygienists' Association. (n.d.). For caregivers – A guide to providing oral care. Retrieved from https://odha.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/CaregiversNewFactSheet.pdf

 

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