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Better Oral Health in Residential Care

Staff Portfolio: for nurses and care workers
Education and Training Program
This Better Oral Health in Residential Care Portfolio is dedicated to the life and work
of geriatric dentist Dr Jane Margaret Chalmers (1965 – 2008), who passionately and
tirelessly strove to improve the oral health status of older people in residential care.

The Staff Portfolio is designed to be given to residential aged care staff attending oral health education
and training. It is part of a suite of three Better Oral Health in Residential Care Portfolios:

  • The Professional Portfolio for GPs and RNs
  • The Facilitator Portfolio for delivery of the Education and Training Program
  • The Staff Portfolio for nurses and care workers.

The Portfolios were developed by the Better Oral Health in Residential Care Project funded by
the Australian Government Department of Social Services under the Encouraging Better Practice
in Aged Care (EBPAC) Program. This project was lead by SA Dental Service with the support
of Consortium members during 2008-09.

Module 1: Good Oral Health is Essential for Healthy Ageing
Better Oral Health in Residential Care 2
Common Oral Health Conditions experienced by Residents
Oral Health Care and Changed Behaviour

Module 2: Protect your Residents’ Oral Health
Six of the Best Ways to Maintain a Healthy Mouth
Care of Natural Teeth
Care of Dentures
Prevention of Gum Disease
Relief of Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)
Reduce Tooth Decay

Module 3: It Takes a Team Approach to Maintain a Healthy Mouth
Oral Health Scenario

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