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CPD1h 5m of CPD
Total Rating(s)89
Publish Date12 December 2017
Review Date03 September 2020
Expiry Date12 December 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

Oral care is an essential part of nursing care that is sometimes overlooked. Use this Course to refresh your knowledge of why oral care is important and what best practice oral care for older adults involves.

Topics include:

  • Oral landmarks, anatomy and function
  • Oral disease in older adults
  • Maintaining best practice oral care for older adults

Target audience

Health professionals who care for older people in any setting.


Ensure health professionals maintain best practice oral care for older adults in all care settings and can identify traditional practice(s) that compromise oral health.


Good oral health in older people contributes to a sense of wellbeing; it facilitates better fluid and nutritional intake, assists with communication and has been shown to enhance quality of life. Despite this, the oral health of older people is an often-neglected part of nursing care. Oral care is sometimes considered less important than other nursing priorities and the quality of oral care being delivered usually depends on the health professional's knowledge of oral hygiene and willingness to attend to this fundamental basic care need.

Health professionals are encouraged to integrate best practice oral care into their routine practice, however in order to do so, they may need to refresh their knowledge of oral hygiene and why it is fundamental to maintaining health and wellbeing.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the importance of good oral care for older people
  • Identify common oral problems and their consequences for older people
  • Describe best practice with respect to oral care for older people


No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.


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John Banky

Dr John Banky is a dental clinician with more than 40 years of clinical experience in both the private and public sector. He has also published numerous articles on this topic and has delivered presentations to both medical and paramedical audiences about dental presentations of medical conditions.

CPD1h 5m of CPD
Total Rating(s)89
Publish Date12 December 2017
Review Date03 September 2020
Expiry Date12 December 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Topic Tags
Hospice Nursing
Palliative Care
Aged Care
Residential Aged Care
Oral Health

Further Learning

Learner Reviews


89 Total Rating(s)

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Andrew Markula
19 Mar 2019

Very good presentation,a must for anyone working in Aged care.

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Susmita Shrestha
18 Mar 2019

It is very knowledgeable lesson.

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Jenny Baker (Gammon)
17 Mar 2019

Valuable resource session , interesting topic and statistics discussed on the high percentage of residents in aged care unable to independently attend to their oral hygiene !

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Sabina Subedi
15 Mar 2019

Thanks for the opportunity to let me learn, it was really helpful.

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Sujata Satasankar
14 Mar 2019

Oral hygiene is one the most important part of health care. Taking good care of mouth, teeth and gums is a worthy goal in and of itself. Good oral and dental hygiene can help prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum diseas and can help us to keep our teeth as we get older. Taking care of elderly teeth and gums is just as important as digestive or heart health.

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Erra Powell
03 Mar 2019

I enjoy the learning activities

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Kristen Graham
01 Mar 2019


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Trevor Lowe
26 Feb 2019

Nice, simple practical information that I can take to work tomorrow. I think the most valuable learning I get is information that can be used "the next day."

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Wendy Somers
08 Feb 2019

Excellent and interesting presentation. Really brought home the consequences of not maintaining good oral health.

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Kathleen Narracott
11 Dec 2018

He was easy to listen to.