Micro Module 3. Better teeth, better health

Description

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

Introduction

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