Consensus Statement on Oral Health Care Standards for Residents in Long Term Care in Canada

"Given the particular oral health challenges faced by seniors in care facilities and the importance of oral health to overall health, the following should be the minimum oral care requirements for all residents in long-term care in Canada:
- Oral health assessment by an appropriately trained and licensed/registered health professional upon admission and annually thereafter;
- Beginning as soon as possible after admission, a referral process to a dentist for examination, diagnosis and treatment planning;
- A daily mouth care plan that is implemented by appropriately trained staff;
- Suitable infrastructure to support the appropriate delivery of needed care by the oral health care team."

Supported by:

Alberta Dental Association and College

Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry

British Columbia Dental Association

Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry

Canadian Association of Social Workers

Canadian Dental Assistants Association

Canadian Dental Association

Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

Canadian Dental Specialties Association

Canadian Pharmacists Association

Canadian Teachers’ Federation

Canadian Dental Therapists Association

College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan

Dental Association of Prince Edward Island

Health Canada

Manitoba Dental Association

New Brunswick Dental Society

Newfoundland and Labrador Dental Association

Northwest Territories and Nunavut Dental Association

Nova Scotia Dental Association

Ontario Dental Association

Patients for Patients Safety Canada

Yukon Dental Association