Importance of Oral Health Care

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Within the medical team we manage many areas of health care including oral health care. 

We all know how important it is to keep your teeth and gums healthy and clean and how important it is to visit your dentist regularly so the Medical Team at IHL have been doing some work to promote this.

 

As part of our FOCUS activities, our medical team arrange regular ‘Epilepsy and Health Forums’ within our services and invite all our service users throughout the company to attend. Each session has a different topic. Previous sessions have discussed epilepsy awareness, management of medication, diet and lifestyle.

This month the topic was oral health care. Our medical resource officer has experience of working in dentistry as a dental nurse so was able to provide the information for the forum.

They discussed prevention on gum disease and cavities, how to avoid pain and sickness, how your diet can affect your oral health and gave options of low sugars alternatives to snacks, drinks and meals. Some of these alternatives were provided as a health snack during the forum.

They demonstrated on a large model of teeth, how to clean your teeth correctly using a manual and electric toothbrush and demonstrated how you should use dental floss.

They then lead on to discuss the importance of regular dentist and hygienist visits. One of the most common reasons why people do not visit the dentist regularly is because they have a fear of the dentist. So the group went on to discuss fears and anxieties around visiting the dentist.

The session was then concluded with open question and answers. We were also very privilege to receive a box of donated toothbrushes and toothpastes from one of our local dental surgeries, The Denture and Implant Clinic in Carshalton. These were handed out to our service users at the end of the forum.

The medical team are now looking forward to planning another oral health care forum but directed at the staff who support our residential service users, who need their support to maintain good oral hygiene.