Micro Module 3. Better teeth, better health


About this course Oral health means more than good teeth. It is a significant factor affecting older people’s quality of life, overall health and wellbeing. Suboptimal oral health may have profound effects beyond the oral cavity. People may not realize the links between physical health, disease, and risks associated with problems in the ageing mouth. Oral health touches every aspect of our lives but is often taken for granted. The complexity of ageing mouth means that formal or informal carers in elder care need to be familiar with the common conditions, and understand the importance in attending oral care. In this course, dentists are invited to provide their expert opinions on the essentials and common misconceptions in oral health care for older people.

Who Wants Better Teeth, Better Health


Age-related Changes in the Oral Cavity

Structures around the Teeth

The Problems with Neglected Oral Health Care

Gum Disease (1)

Suboptimal oral health

Back to Basics on Oral Health Care for Older People

Maintenance of Oral Hygiene and Tooth Cleaning

Basic Tips on Oral Health

Prevention and Management of Common Oral Problems and Conditions

Gum diseases (2)

Denture care

Importance of Diet on Oral Health for Older People

Good nutrition is important for older people

Oral Care Tips for Care of Older Persons with Dementia

Brushing and Flossing

When the senior hits out

Chewing or Swallowing Issues

Tools for Oral Care

Choosing a Toothbrush

Brushing Techniques

Benefits of tools and procedures

Oral health touches every aspect of our lives