More than half of older adults in care homes have tooth decay. To combat this, Bembridge Dental Practice is participating in a pilot project to provide free of charge Oral Health Assessments to residents in care homes on the Island.
The scheme has begun today (Wednesday) with a visit to Seven Gables in Totland. If treatment is needed this will, where possible, be provided within the care home. Arrangements can also be made for treatment within the practice.
The new initiative is in partnership with NHS England, with the focus on improving and maintaining residents’ day-to-day oral healthcare, ensuring staff are properly trained to confidently look after the oral health needs of residents, and to provide access to dental care when needed.
Practice owner Piotr Pirga will be leading the scheme, supported by a team of Dental Nurses.
“This is about maintaining basic human dignity in those who may need help in looking after themselves. I am pleased to be able to offer this service to people who otherwise face difficulties in accessing dental care.”
NICE guidelines recommend that all residents in care homes receive an Oral Health Assessment upon admission.