Having clean teeth is an important element of good health for residents of long term care homes like Parkridge Centre in Saskatoon.

Sheri Townsend, Manager of Staff Development at Parkridge Centre, spoke about “The Journey to Better Oral Health at Parkridge Centre” as one of the key note speakers at the Saskatchewan Oral Health Professions (SOHP) annual conference at Evraz Place in Regina on September 11.

Sheri Townsend, Manager of Staff Development at Parkridge Centre,

Sheri Townsend, Manager of Staff Development at Parkridge Centre.

As representative of the long term care team, Townsend described the oral health project, “Clean Teeth – Good Health,” which was implemented within each of the six Parkridge Centre neighborhoods in May of 2014, and has resulted in a dramatic improvement in the oral health of the long term care residents. The staff at Parkridge Centre have been key in the development and deployment of the oral health project within long term care.

As a keynote speaker, Townsend spoke on the improvements that have been made in providing quality oral health care as well as the challenges of doing so within a long term care setting as well as the processes that have been established in order to maintain the project.

“The ideal outcome for providing proper oral care in a long term care setting would be the designation of properly trained individuals to assist with the daily oral care needs of our residents,” Townsend stated.

“In order to provide the appropriate daily oral care supports, we must accommodate the medical and behavioural needs of our residents,” she added.