Oral health series

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Lisa Berry
Lisa Berry

Hello, I’m Nursing Older People editor Lisa Berry and oral health is a topic I’m passionate about.

As a child in the 1970s I was fascinated by my nan’s night-time routine of removing her dentures and soaking them in a teacup filled with cleaning solution.

Thankfully, nowadays many older people have retained their natural teeth, but oral hygiene is still too often neglected in this population.

To mark National Smile Month (14 May to 14 June), which aims to promote good oral health, I have grouped together a series of related articles from Nursing Older People’s archive showcasing the importance of this fundamental care intervention.

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These articles provide practical suggestions and strategies for nurses and care staff in all settings to improve oral hygiene and health. I hope they will help you in your practice.

Please contact me at lisa.berry@rcni.com with your comments, suggestions or feedback and help raise awareness of our content by sharing this resource on social media using the weblink rcni.com/oral-health

Why older people's oral health matters

Enabling older people to look after their teeth helps prevent serious disease and allows...

Oral health

Developing an integrated resource to promote oral health in nursing homes

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Oral hygeine

Oral hygiene and mouth care for older people in acute hospitals: part 2

This second part details clinical recommendations for this patient group

Oral hygeine

Oral hygiene and mouth care for older people in acute hospitals: part 1

The findings of a literature review exploring oral and dental disease in older adults

Brushing teeth

Challenges of improving oral health for adults in care homes

In 2016 the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published a guideline...

cleaning teeth

Why is oral hygiene important to older people’s health?

Research shows poor oral health in older people can cause a range of health problems


Oral health for older people

Summaries of three studies into issues of concern for older people's nurses

Tooth assessments

Oral health for adults in care homes

The importance of focusing on oral health for well-being