Dental Health: Care Homes:Written question - 115178

Q
Asked by Bill Wiggin
(North Herefordshire)
Asked on: 22 November 2017
Department of Health
Dental Health: Care Homes
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate has he made of the number of people in care homes with oral health problems.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 30 November 2017

In 2016, Public Health England reported on oral health in older people, including some based in care homes, in England and Wales using data from existing surveys. The report found that: older adults living in care homes were more likely to have no natural teeth and less likely to have a functional dentition; older adults living in care homes were more likely to have higher levels of tooth decay; older adults in general were less likely to rate their oral health as good and appear to have poorer oral health related quality of life than the general adult population and care home managers experienced greater difficulty in accessing dental care for residents than household resident older adults did.

The survey can be accessed here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/oral-health-of-older-people-in-england-and-wales

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