Lifelong Smiles

“Achieving Optimum Oral Healthcare In Residential Settings.”


During 2016 CDS promoted the ‘Life Long Smiles’ (LLS) campaign to all care home across the county. By agreeing to participate, the care homes would need to meet a set of standards based on the NICE guidelines for oral health in care homes.

We invited the homes to improve their delivery of oral health care within their facility. This can include; improving the personal dental care a resident receives, an awareness of the different needs and wants for each resident, implementing dietary changes across the homes provision of snacks and drinks and making sure each resident is registered with a local dentist and attends when necessary.

As many employees as possible will receive the training and will be aware of the standards so they understand what is to be achieved. Then two staff members will be in charge of collaborating evidence and initiating any necessary changes. CDS will then follow up after the initial training to discuss care plans, menus and any other issues.
We will support the home to work towards achieving the standards and monitor good practice. Once all evidence is collected and the standards have been met, the homes will then receive their award certificate to be displayed in the home.

So far 3 care homes have been awarded their full LLS accreditation awards. All 3 care homes made changes to Oral Health assessments, food choices and oral health care plans for their residents.

Care homes not taking part in the accreditation scheme can also access our free training for staff. Since 2016 the Oxfordshire team have delivered LLS training to 18 care homes and trained 245 staff.

The Oxfordshire team have also been lucky enough to work alongside another Oxfordshire County Council partner. Order of St John care Trust. The CDS team have attended 4 central training days to deliver LLS training to managers, nurses and careers across the whole of Oxfordshire. As a result the OSJCT now uses an oral health assessment tool for each resident on admission and continuously through month care plan reviews. OSJCT are also hoping that some of their homes in Oxfordshire continue the LLS journey and complete accreditation early in 2019.


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