Dental students from Plymouth University Peninsula School of Dentistry have worked with care staff from Age UK Plymouth to help them achieve good oral health for the elderly people in their care.
The project was part of the Inter-Professional Engagement scheme run by the Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise, which sees dental students working with a variety of groups in the community to raise awareness of good oral health, improve access to dentistry and address oral health inequalities.
The dental students took the Age UK Plymouth care staff through a number of activities and techniques which will help them look after the oral health needs of those in their care. They experienced brushing technique, flossing, dietary advice, denture care and how to spot common dental diseases – including the students demonstrating correct brushing technique on the care staff.
The project finished with the students producing an oral health booklet for Age UK Plymouth.
Denise Gregson, Assistant Director (Care Services) at Age UK Plymouth said “We very much appreciate the work that the dental students have done to support and train our care staff in understanding the importance of maintaining good oral health for older people.