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Oral Health: Best Practices

The purpose of this educational activity is to enable the learner to identify best practices for oral health care for older adults in the long-term care setting.


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Learning Objectives

At the completion of this educational activity, the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify three (3) ways to gain cooperation when performing oral care.
  2. Identify three (3) examples of a normal, healthy mouth. 
  3. Identify three (3) signs/symptoms of oral issues that require reporting for follow up.

Learning Outcome

At the completion of this educational activity, the learner will demonstrate knowledge about effective oral health care by passing a quiz with a score of 85% or greater accuracy.


Jocelyn Smith, MSN, RN

Jocelyn has over 15 years’ experience in long term care, home health, and hospice. Her experience also includes case management and utilization management. She has worked at bedside in staff nurse positions and as an educator. Jocelyn has educated nursing students in a classroom and
clinical setting. Jocelyn has taught Medical Surgical nursing, Geriatric nursing, and Fundamentals of Nursing. Jocelyn first found her passion for education when she was educating patients in her case management role. Jocelyn’s passion is education and enjoys educating residents, clinical staff, and nursing students.  

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Oral Health: Best Practices


Maintaining and promoting oral health of individuals in long-term care facilities is not only a regulatory requirement but is tied to residents’ perception of overall well-being. Caregivers play an important role in promoting resident quality of life, quality of care, and prevention of healthcare issues through the provision of oral care.

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