Poor oral health can affect many parts of a resident’s life including their ability to eat, drink, communicate and sleep. It can also impact their confidence, dignity, mental wellbeing and quality of life.

This webinar discussed the actions residential aged care services can take to support daily oral health of their residents.

Hosted by Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner Janet Anderson PSM, panellists included:

– Dr Melanie Wroth, Chief Clinical Advisor to the Commission
– Honorary Professor Janet Wallace, College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing, University of Newcastle
– Nick Greer, Director, Australian Dental Prosthetists Association
– Dr Janani Ravichandran, Oral Health Promoter, Australian Dental Association

The webinar covered:

– common oral health problems and their impacts on the dining experience
signs of oral and dental issues
– the role of oral health in nutrition
– best practices for good routine oral and dental care including in a dementia setting
– denture care and maintenance

A range of food, dining and nutrition resources are available for download from the Commission’s website (https://www.agedcarequality.gov.au/providers/quality-care-resources/food-dining-and-nutrition-resources-providers)