CARE homes on Wearside will soon benefit from better dental care for their elderly residents.
Alongside the NHS’s North East Region Oral Health Promotion Group, they will be able to work towards a new quality award which recognises high standards of oral health practice.
It includes a daily oral healthcare plan for residents and training for staff to deliver basic oral hygiene care and spot dental problems.
The scheme is being piloted in seven care homes across the region.
The results so far have been described as “promising” by organisers.