1h 5m

Oral Health for Older People

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.

12 Dec 2017

Learning Outcomes


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



Very good presentation -- 20 Apr 2018
good video -- 18 Apr 2018
great -- 16 Apr 2018
very good. -- 15 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. -- 15 Apr 2018
Informative with good sound knowledge. -- 12 Apr 2018
This increases my knowledge on how to give oral care to our elderly clients. -- 12 Apr 2018
An excellent refresher. -- 11 Apr 2018
Good content, excellent format. -- 11 Apr 2018
Very useful revision with new knowledge an added bonus -- 10 Apr 2018
helpful lecture which makes you think of the overall health of our ptients -- 10 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! -- 07 Apr 2018
Very informative -- 06 Apr 2018
This was an excellent overview of Oral Health and the importance of it in the older person -- 05 Apr 2018
Was interesting to reinforce the importance of continuing strong oral hygiene in the ageing populace -- 04 Apr 2018
The presentation was relevant and presented in a very concise and professional manner. -- 20 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. -- 19 Mar 2018
Thank you -- 16 Mar 2018
Very well presented, excellent explanation, thorough and interesting lecture. Easy to listen to and understand. -- 11 Mar 2018
Informative and engaging -- 11 Mar 2018
Excellent VLA . I would recommend this VLA to any nurses. -- 06 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. -- 03 Mar 2018
very insiteful shows importance of very basic hygiene cares and how it can help prevent medical complications. -- 03 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 -- 02 Mar 2018
Informative and practical guide to ensuring good oral hygiene in older patients. -- 01 Mar 2018
P -- 28 Feb 2018
Very factual and informative -- 26 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. -- 21 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. -- 21 Feb 2018
Informative -- 17 Feb 2018
Very informative.. -- 15 Feb 2018
Educate nursing staff how to clean residents oral cavity -- 14 Feb 2018
Informative and relevant to my role -- 13 Feb 2018
This VLA is easy to understand. -- 12 Feb 2018
I will take to improve this skills and knowledge to my daily care of my patients -- 11 Feb 2018
A very important practice to everyone whether you are young or old -- 09 Feb 2018
Strongly agree -- 09 Feb 2018

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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