Oral Health Information – Oral Health Improvement Department

Oral health is vital to general health. Education is the key to achieving long-term good Oral Health. Oral Health Educators can help inform their local community by means of training the staff in children’s centres, schools and residential/nursing homes.

Our Oral Health Training seeks to provide updates to equip Health and Care Personnel to carry out their job armed with the correct knowledge. This should take approximately 2.5 hours and all attendees will receive a certificate. We also supply leaflets to hand out. The training is free of charge. Contact Sylvie to book your training session, s.kerslake@nhs.net or 01392 405705.

Oral health training poster (pdf)

Oral Health Promotion Department

brushing-teeth2The Salaried Dental Service is committed to improving the oral health of all who live in Devon. An important way to achieve this is to carry out of a range of health promotion programmes and strategies which target the “determinants” of oral health. “Determinants” of oral health are the interactions of a wide range of influences such as nutrition, lifestyle, social connectedness, personal health and hygiene practices, socio-economic status, education, cultural beliefs, attitudes and level of health literacy. “Determinants” also include the level of access to oral health services and the interventions available.

The Salaried Dental Service health promotion programmes and strategies are made to support people in behaviours that promote health and reduce factors that may be harmful to their oral health. We try to find out what the greatest need is in an area so we can address it and limit oral health inequalities.

An important component of our programmes involves working jointly with partnering organisations and community groups to achieve oral health results that will last.

The Oral Health Promotion Department is situated in Exeter’s Dental Access Centre. Its aim when set up was to increase awareness of oral health in schools, nurseries, residential care homes, medical and dental practitioners and health visitors. It also seeks to co-ordinate Oral Health Education throughout Devon.

A large proportion of the work undertaken concentrates on the prevention of tooth decay in young children. Tooth decay (dental caries) is one of the most common diseases. Its peak activity occurs during childhood and continues to be the main cause of tooth loss in children.

Other priority groups include adults with special care needs, including people with dementia, stroke survivors, people with severe learning disabilities / brain injuries, and degenerative disorders such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson disease.  Ongoing work in these areas includes: developing written oral care plans; advancing the knowledge and skills of carers and support workers; audit of healthcare workers’ knowledge in a local stroke unit.

Last updated: October 12, 2018

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