Welcome to the website for Health Education England Mouth Care Matters, setting out to improve the oral health within Kent, Surrey, Sussex and London. Oral health is an important part of general health and wellbeing. It allows people to eat, speak and socialise without discomfort or embarrassment. Research shows that oral care is often lacking in hospital and community care settings, especially to those patients who may be unable to carry out their own personal care and rely on others for support, Mouth Care Matters seeks to address this.
This is an ambitious aim, but this initiative began with the priority of improving oral health and healthcare principally for those resident in care homes and by helping to raise awareness of the importance of good oral health, both for quality of life and for general health, and by introducing oral health training for carers within this community, we aim to establish a sustainable quality standard for the oral healthcare.
The programme is also working to improve oral healthcare in a hospital setting, as well as developing training for the general dental practice team and pharmacists, allowing for a holistic, multi-professional approach to care.
This website is the “hub” for access to all of the training materials, posters, documentation and access to training. We hope that you wish to engage with us on our project, and that you find the materials and links on this website of great value.