Course Title: Implement an oral hygiene program for older people

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: VE 2017

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Course Code: DENT5876C

Course Title: Implement an oral hygiene program for older people

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4385 - Certificate IV in Dental Assisting

Course Contact: Sue Dellas Fatone

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9341 1406

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 130

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Not Applicable

Course Description

The course describes the skills and knowledge required to promote oral health for older people. This unit applies to dental assistants and to other health care workers who are actively involved in promoting the general well-being of older patients through the promotion of healthy eating habits and good oral health.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTDEN010 Implement an oral hygiene program for older people


1. Assess the oral health needs of an older person

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Check medical and dental history with patient or family or carer to confirm up-to-date information 1.2 Actively encourage the patient to discuss oral health problems without embarrassment 1.3 Identify oral health problems for older people and their relationship to general health problems 1.4 Identify individualised factors that increase the risk of oral disease for older persons 1.5 Look in the patient's mouth while cleaning or assisting with oral care 1.6 Identify patients with natural teeth, those who wear dentures and those who are non-denture wearers 1.7 Identify problems that require referral to a dentist


2. Provide support for the maintenance of oral hygiene for older persons

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Ensure flexibility of oral hygiene instruction taking into consideration a patient's individual circumstances 2.2 Demonstrate an understanding of the economic and psychological factors that may affect the oral health of older people 2.3 Provide an appropriate environment for oral hygiene instruction 2.4 Develop and give oral hygiene information to patients and carers using language and in a manner they can understand.


3. Implement practical solutions to promote oral health

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Explain actively to patients and carers the importance of regular dental care to maintain quality of life 3.2 Recommend lifestyle changes to assist the older person's diminished salivary flow in consultation with dental practitioner 3.3 Provide appropriate information to patients and carers for healthy food habits that support oral health 3.4 Actively encourage patients or carers to clean teeth or dentures after meals 3.5 Engage carers with appropriate oral health care promotion programs and resources


4. Maintain oral health of people in residential aged care

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Ensure all removable dentures are visibly marked with the patient's identification 4.2 Record oral health in the patient's personal care plan 4.3 Implement individual oral health programs in consultation with dental professional 4.4 Assist patients with special needs to clean their teeth 4.5 Assist patients or their carers to clean and maintain dentures

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Assess the oral health needs of an older person
  2. Provide support for the maintenance of oral hygiene for older persons
  3. Implement practical solutions to promote oral health
  4. Maintain oral health of people in residential aged care

Details of Learning Activities

Face to face lectures will introduce you to the key concepts and theories.

Specialist Industry presenters will promote the most current practice and technology in promoting oral health for older people. Activities in class will include collaborative learning, worksheets, discussion. Online Activity will include research and  worksheet completion

Teaching Schedule

 BlockClass type Session Topics 
 OHP 3 Day 1 Practical session am  Recording oral health patient activities .
 OHP 3Day 1 Aged Population Midday • Oral health and general health
• Background and overview of the aging population
 OHP 3 Day 1 pm 


  • Factors that impact on oral health
  • Smoking and the impact on oral health
  • Smoking cessation strategies
  • Motivational interviewing
OHP 3 Day 2 am
  • Better Oral Health in Residential Care Program
  • Conduct oral health assessment among older people
 OHP 3Day 2 pm 
  • Oral health care and changed behaviours
  • Team approach to maintain a healthy mouth
  • Practical activity and simulated oral health check

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

There must be evidence that the candidate has completed the following tasks: 

provided complete and appropriate information to 3 different older people and/or their carers including:

  • information regarding the prevention of oral diseases 
  • advice and demonstration of oral hygiene techniques

selected and prepared special aids for oral hygiene to assist 3 patients with limited dexterity

implemented 3 prevention programs to suit individual patient’s oral health care needs.


To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency.

Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.

Assessment Tasks

Conclusion and session summary
There will be 4 assessment tasks for this course.
To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete all the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive verbal or written feedback on all assessment.

AT 1 Perform a visual oral hygiene routine.(x2)

AT 2 Case studies (x2) Conduct a basic  oral health check.

AT 3 Perform  a full oral health check with clients

AT 4 Online Quiz Oral health check - Critical values 

Assessment Matrix



Practical Oral

Health Check x3 

Oral Health

check case studies  

 Oral health

check in clinic



 1.1  X X  
1.2  X 
1.3  XXX
1.4  XXX
1.5  X 
 1.6  X 
1.7  X
2.2  X
3.1 X
3.2 X
3.3 X
4.2 X

Other Information

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