In June 2019, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published their smiling matters report which reviewed the state of oral health care in care homes across England. This called for mandatory staff training care in oral care and a greater awareness of the importance of good oral care and what this means from employers, carers, people accessing care and their families.
Smiling matters: oral health care in care homes
CQC source: Smiling matters: oral health care in care homes – full report PDF
The report reveals an extensive lack of awareness of NICE guidelines. It concludes that care home residents are not supported to maintain and improve their oral health.