Oral Health for Older People

1h 5m of CPD
John Banky
12 Dec 2017

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.


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


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.


Gemma Sheers06 Oct 2018
The role of the oral cavity is very interesting

Marilou Ortega03 Oct 2018
Well presented, great infos, and easy to understand.

Michelle brain08 Sep 2018

Timothy Hurley28 Jul 2018
Awesome presenter!

Candace Pederson27 Jul 2018
Interesting and informative

Carmen Houston02 Jul 2018
Great , informative tutorial

Georgia Jones13 Jun 2018

Carey-Ann Sym31 May 2018

Kristie-Lee Perrott31 May 2018
excellent information

Maree Augostin31 May 2018
Very good session.

Narelle Odwyer30 May 2018
great VLA

Maria-Lisa Andonela Cravo30 May 2018
It is a very good tutorial.

Julie Martin30 May 2018
Very informative presentation and a good refresher.

Valerie Courreges30 May 2018
Simplistic and useful for aged care

Kerry Lowing28 May 2018
So very informative and excellent as an educator.

Tupou Makasini28 May 2018

Jacelyn Partridge28 May 2018
This was a great presentation!

Jessica Arnold27 May 2018
relevant topic

Jessica Sharpe26 May 2018
Very informative but a bit too scientific and there were not enough quiz questions or practical examples related to the field of nursing

Aju Stephen Antony26 May 2018

lizhen lin26 May 2018
Useful and practical presentation

yi jun chen25 May 2018
very well

Babaldeep Singh24 May 2018
Simple but detailed

well explained article

Amrita Banstola23 May 2018

Lynne Richardson-Cooper19 May 2018
Very interesting and informative Enjoyed this course

Geetha Rani Ammini17 May 2018

Maria Nothling17 May 2018
excellent presentation recommend for everyone

Marjorie Greensmith15 May 2018
This broadened do my know ledge of oral care

Joanne Holloway14 May 2018
In the technological advances made in our profession in recent years, some times some of the most basic of nursing care can be put on the back burner. We some times need to get back to basics to prevent some of the conditions we see in our practice.

Elisabeth van Workum14 May 2018
A very interesting lecture

Rita Burma14 May 2018

Daughne Feckleng13 May 2018

natalie Mielczarek10 May 2018
very good

Louise Minton09 May 2018
This was a very informative education session. Everyone should be aware of this issue.

Kerry McMullan09 May 2018

Sharon Whittaker08 May 2018
the educator was good

Reena Raju07 May 2018
Good session

Amy Michelle Van Ree07 May 2018
This was very interesting

Eillen Anne (Sandy) Roessler05 May 2018
I found this speaker knowledgeable, thorough, and simplistic all at the same time

Aureel Almeida05 May 2018
very useful for the nurses who work in residential aged care facilities.

Cheryl Carpenter03 May 2018
cvery good

Werner Cossid03 May 2018
very informative

Jisha Anie Binnichen03 May 2018
very good

Michele Peyton-Ash03 May 2018
It is a necessesay requirement that I believe is greatly overlooked in dependable pts

Samantha Garritt02 May 2018
Great topic.

APEL MAHMUD29 Apr 2018
Informative and essential learning in aged care

Ranilo Martinez27 Apr 2018
Very satisfying educational tool.

Karen Innes26 Apr 2018
Informative, well paced and interesting data on the importance of good oral care for wellbeing

I would recommend this education to other health professionals especially in the aged care setting.

Harsimrat Kaur25 Apr 2018
Good learning tool

Liz Flack25 Apr 2018
I found this course good due to some new learnings and for my best practise. now aware of more risks associated around poor oral hygiene and hope i can make a difference

Bimaldeep Sidhu24 Apr 2018
i will teach these new techniques to my colleagues.

Kayla Smith23 Apr 2018
very good

siobhan perkins23 Apr 2018
Excellent topic.

Jacqueline Pirouet23 Apr 2018
Good presentation on a very important topic

Divina Evangelista23 Apr 2018
The educator was knowledgeable about the topic and I would surely recommend this education to other health professionals.

Kathryn Bromley22 Apr 2018
Very informative

Rebecca Patricia Campbell20 Apr 2018
Very good presentation

huai wang18 Apr 2018
good video

cheuk yi fung16 Apr 2018

Esther Sibanda15 Apr 2018
very good.

Karina Mastrosavas15 Apr 2018
The content was good but lacked engagement, it seemed a bit dry and clinical. I enjoy learning more and tend to retain more when when what I'm learning about is delivered in a more visually engaging, lively, animated and fun way.

Wilhelmina Tenkate12 Apr 2018
Informative with good sound knowledge.

Nida Deligero Lagunay12 Apr 2018
This increases my knowledge on how to give oral care to our elderly clients.

Linda Wallwork11 Apr 2018
An excellent refresher.

Kristine Lim11 Apr 2018
Good content, excellent format.

Annette Forbes10 Apr 2018
Very useful revision with new knowledge an added bonus

Ann-Maree Stutz10 Apr 2018
helpful lecture which makes you think of the overall health of our ptients

Judy Berry07 Apr 2018
An excellent resource. I understood the importance of good oral hygiene but less aware of the implications on health through lack of oral care and hygiene. I learned a lot - thank you!

Agnes Asbury06 Apr 2018
Very informative

Fiona Le Cren05 Apr 2018
This was an excellent overview of Oral Health and the importance of it in the older person

Vicky Lowe04 Apr 2018
Was interesting to reinforce the importance of continuing strong oral hygiene in the ageing populace

anna chakaipa20 Mar 2018
The presentation was relevant and presented in a very concise and professional manner.

liliana Lewsley19 Mar 2018
I found this video most interesting. It was long enough to keep me interested and the speed of the talker made for good listening.

PAULA WALLS16 Mar 2018
Thank you

Carole kathleen Brown15 Mar 2018

Vanessa Rudman11 Mar 2018
Very well presented, excellent explanation, thorough and interesting lecture. Easy to listen to and understand.

Patricia Howes11 Mar 2018
Informative and engaging

Hemaltha piyaratna06 Mar 2018
Excellent VLA . I would recommend this VLA to any nurses.

Cherie Martin03 Mar 2018
All nurses at all levels would value from the learnt information of this topic. More awareness of dangers of poor dental/denture care and the direct link to disease and poor health of the aged.

Kim cook03 Mar 2018
very insiteful shows importance of very basic hygiene cares and how it can help prevent medical complications.

Maria De Groot02 Mar 2018
I found this lecture very comprehensive, I like the fact that between each topic a small quiz was put in place to test knowledge

Pietryna Duch01 Mar 2018
Informative and practical guide to ensuring good oral hygiene in older patients.

Jay Gough28 Feb 2018

Jeanie Kay Buchanan26 Feb 2018
Very factual and informative

Sylvia Brown21 Feb 2018
I will recommend this to education, even in "little bits" to other health care providers. It's like a "best kept secret", this information, on "How to" ... and of course.... should be "absolutely normal", but unfortunately not executed widely-enough. Thanks.

Susan Lynch21 Feb 2018
The video was a little long winded but it does provide good education on the importance of good oral health in the older person.

Michele Selby17 Feb 2018

Margaret MOORE15 Feb 2018
Very informative..

Eva Bodnar14 Feb 2018
Educate nursing staff how to clean residents oral cavity

Yvonne May Craig13 Feb 2018
Informative and relevant to my role

Jamie Charlene Ngo12 Feb 2018
This VLA is easy to understand.

Citti Taranto11 Feb 2018
I will take to improve this skills and knowledge to my daily care of my patients

Citti Taranto09 Feb 2018
A very important practice to everyone whether you are young or old

Nadime Roumieh09 Feb 2018
Strongly agree

Course Overview

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.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.

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