There is growing awareness around the importance of oral care for overall health. Long-term care (LTC) residents are particularly vulnerable to several risk factors for poor oral health that can lead to oral bacterial disease, bad breath, mouth sores, and pneumonia. It can also be difficult for many residents to access a traditional dental office due to transportation, physical, and financial limitations. Improving access to oral care resources within a residence is one way to reduce oral health care barriers.
Establishing partnerships with the dental hygiene community can bring oral health expertise on-site. Dental hygienists in Ontario are independent health care providers whose scope of practice includes the assessment of teeth and oral tissues as well as the provision of oral health promotion and care. This brochure describes a partnership between Ottawa’s Saint-Louis Residence (SLR) LTC home and the dental hygiene program at La Cité college.
For a copy of our full report, Partnerships for Oral Health in LTC: A scoping review of the literature focusing on dental hygiene students and alternative models of dental hygiene partnerships, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.