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CQC Smiling Matters: Oral health care in care homes

Key findings include:

  • The majority (52%) of care homes visited had no policy to promote and protect people’s oral health
  • 73% of residents’ care plans we reviewed only partly covered or did not cover oral health at all – homes looking after people with dementia being the most likely to have no plan in place
  • Nearly half (47%) of care homes were not providing any staff training to support people’s daily oral healthcare
  • 17% of care homes said they did not assess people’s oral health on admission

The report includes six recommendations and calls for a cross-sector approach to overcome concerns raised through this review. The recommendations also include a call for mandatory staff training in oral care, oral health check-ups for all residents upon admission, better signposting to local dental services and the convening of a multi-agency group tasked with raising awareness among people living in care homes, their families and carers of the importance of day-to-day dental hygiene and the need for routine check-ups.

Read the full report and summary.


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