E-learning: Oral health is central to the well-being of older adults

Check-out an oral health e-learning – developed by Colgate in collaboration with leading experts from the gerodontology field

The interactive oral health e-learning program is designed to help carers improve the oral health of older adults. It takes only 60-80 minutes to complete and uses story-telling, videos and interactive graphics.

Fortunately people are living longer and retaining more of their teeth into old age. However, this creates new and important challenges because older adults are more at risk of suffering from poor oral health, whether due to dementia, reduced dexterity, or as a side effect of their medications. Furthermore, oral health is central to the well-being of older adults, due to the pain it can cause, its critical role in nutrition and its important effect on quality of life, social interaction and self-esteem.

Oral health is central to the well-being of older adults, highlighting the importance of this oral health e-learning, which is aimed at anybody responsible for caring for an older adult.
The interactive program is designed to help carers improve the oral health of older adults

For this reason, Colgate has recently launched an interactive eLearning program, which is designed for anybody who is responsible for caring for older adults, whether at home, or in a residential centre.

The e-learning was developed by Colgate, in collaboration with independent experts from the gerodontology field and is part of Colgate’s on-going commitment to improve the oral health of people of all ages.

The e-learning uses story-telling, interactive graphics, photos and videos and gives advice for practical, everyday management of oral health care in older adults. It is also designed to improve the early identification of oral diseases and allow carers to refer their patients to a dental professional at a stage when they are still able to intervene in a timely manner. In particular, the e-learning includes guidance on:

  • The importance of regular checks
  • Daily oral hygiene, brushing techniques and denture care
  • Help for people with limited dexterity, such as using a powered toothbrush or specialized grips
  • Managing challenging behaviour and patients with dementia
  • When to refer to a dentist.

It also explains the oral diseases and conditions common in older adults, such as:

  • Gum disease and other oral infections
  • Problems due to parallel medication, such as xerostomia (dry mouth)
  • Coronal and root caries.

By 2050, after five decades of growth, almost a third of the EU population will be more than 65 years of age, with a bigger proportion of them dependent upon others for care. We at Colgate would like to help you respond to this growing challenge. Please explore the e-learning at www.colgate-elderlycare.com and promote it to potential carers.

The oral health e-learning explains the oral diseases that commonly affect older adults. The e-learning is based around story-telling and uses a lot of videos, interactive graphics and photos.
The e-learning is designed for anybody who has the role of caring for older adults, whether in the home, or a residential centre.


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