Residents who live in care settings across Oxfordshire will be able to get additional help to improve their oral health with a new online toolkit.

Designed by Oxfordshire County Council, in collaboration with Community Dental Services (CDS), it aims to improve oral health and offer practical advice to those who live and work in care settings.

Dr Eunan O’Neil, consultant in public health at the council said: “Good oral health is a key contributing factor in both our mental and physical wellbeing, regardless of age or situation."

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He added: “This toolkit will help us to ensure that those who may need additional support with their mouth care, such as those who reside in residential care, are properly supported by our workforce.”

The online oral health toolkit was developed by the council and CDS to improve skills and knowledge of care home staff around the importance of daily mouth care as well as practical advice for those people who are dependent or need assistance in oral care techniques.

It can be used and accessed at a convenient time for all staff, and designed to fit in with long hours and shifts to promote the importance of mouth care from every level of training.

The toolkit has already been trialled across the county.

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