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Introduction to the course

Oral health is important at every stage of life and especially for the people that you care for.
Professor Martin Ashley introduces Mouth Care Matters

We recognise that oral health is important at every stage of a person’s life and that all of us, at some stage, will need some help with our own mouth care. As you are involved in providing healthcare for another person, we want you to be confident in the care that you give.

In our first week together, you will meet our course educator, Professor Martin Ashley and a number of colleagues who work in our hospitals, who all discuss and reflect on delivering mouth care for people with a variety of conditions. We consider why mouth care does matter and explore the national guidance that is driving the improvement in mouth care in our hospitals and care homes.

We begin by learning some of the core oral health knowledge, such as what the inside of our own mouth looks like. We then find out about dental plaque, toothbrushes, toothpaste and mouthwash. Even though much of this relates to learning about our own mouth, we will be more able to understand how and why we deliver really effective mouth care for those people we look after.

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