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The Impact

This audit is, to our knowledge, the largest audit in this subject area and highlights a number of care needs for a vulnerable population.

The results found that only 10% of care home residents in Oxfordshire had a fully completed dental care plan.

The results of the audit were fed back to each care home enabling them to examine their practices, and has also provided Oxford Health Dental Team with valuable information regarding the dental health of care home residents living in Oxfordshire’s care homes and to develop an action plan to address this.

Involving the Oxford Health NHS FT Dental team in the designing of the data collection tools also helped to further embed a culture of research in an NHS setting.

We know poor dental health is linked to weight loss, pain and a reduced sense of well-being[1], [2]. Improving dental care planning for care home residents will have a positive impact on resident’s health and well-being.