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This page lists relevant guidelines, teaching resources, training support and other useful information relevant to mouth care for care home and nursing home residents to support those caring for them to maintain their oral health needs.

UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) resources

UKHSA has created a oral health toolkit which includes training materials, templates and links to publications. It’s a live document, with further resources added as they become available. The toolkit consists of different sections including the below

Care home residents and their loved ones, families, friends and carers
This section provides links to oral health information for care home residents and their families, friends and carers.

Care home staff training resources
This section led by Health Education England includes training slides, a manual with further information, slides, recorded webinars and a catalogue of online videos to support oral health training.

Documents for care home managers
The documents for care home managers include care home policy templates, a quality assurance checklist and a baseline assessment to help care home managers put NICE guidance into practice.

Care home-related publications
This section contains links to care home-related publications.


Mouth Care Matters

Mouth Care Matters is a national Health Education England (HEE) funded training initiative to improve the oral health of patients in hospital and of care home residents through education and training of those caring for them. They have produced resources and also provide training sessions for care home staff regarding mouth care support for adults in care homes.

Mouth Care Matters Resources

How to provide care for a dry mouth

How to clean a denture video

Looking after teeth information sheet for social care staff

Pain management information sheet for social care staff

Contact Mouth Care Matters for queries and training requests using


End of Life team resources

How to provide oral care

Mouth care assessment

Mouth care packs


Mouth care e-Learning module

E-learning for Healthcare have created a module on Management of sore mouth and other oral problems which provides a framework for the assessment and management of a sore mouth and other oral problems.

You will need to create an account/sign in to access the e-Learning for Healthcare portal.

Once you are registered/signed in, search for ‘management of sore mouth and other oral problems’ and enrol on the course.