Comment

Older people's oral health: why nurses and carers should help to maintain it

Enabling older people to look after their teeth helps prevent serious disease and allows them to maintain their dignity

Enabling older people to look after their teeth helps prevent serious disease and allows them to maintain their dignity

A little more than a generation ago, around one in three adults in the UK did not have any of their natural teeth left. By the time older people visited a dentist, it would be for the provision of denture care and replacement dentures, which were relatively easy to organise.

Thankfully, a lot has changed in the intervening years and everyone now expects to keep most, if not all, of their own teeth throughout their life.

However, this poses serious problems for older people who, through illness or frailty, may

...

Want to read more?

Unlock full access to RCNi Plus today

Save over 50% on your first three months:

  • Customisable clinical dashboard featuring 200+ topics
  • Unlimited online access to all 10 RCNi Journals including Nursing Older People
  • RCNi Learning featuring 180+ RCN accredited learning modules
  • NMC-compliant RCNi Portfolio to build evidence for revalidation
  • Personalised newsletters tailored to your interests

This article is not available as part of an institutional subscription. Why is this?

Jobs