Oral Health in Social Care

With this Oral Health course discover the importance of oral health and its effect on general health, wellbeing, and dignity as well as the potential impact of untreated dental pain or mouth infection. Also explore the importance of denture marking and how to report any oral health concerns at the right time and in the right way all within the context of a social care setting.

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Course Overview


  • Introductory Course
  • 30 Study Minutes
  • Online Study
  • Self-Printed Certificate


  • 1 CPD Hour
  • CPD Certified

Course description

Having a basic knowledge surrounding Oral health means social care workers and supporters are able to ensure the individuals in their care can be properly supported to prevent pain and further health problems caused by poor oral health. 

Individuals in your care may not be able to verbalise their pain or discomfort for reasons as so it is important to understand the behavioural signs of someone who is suffering from dental pain.  

You will learn

  • Explain the importance of oral health and the potential effect on general health, wellbeing, and dignity
  • Explain the potential impact of untreated dental pain or mouth infection on the behaviour and general health and wellbeing of people who are unable to articulate their pain and distress or ask for help (Including individuals with dementia, or communication difficulties)
  • Reassess oral health in the right way and at the right time
  • Deliver daily mouth care correctly
  • Explain the importance of denture marking and how to arrange this for people, with their permission
  • Report any oral health concerns at the right time and in the right way and respond appropriately to a person’s changing needs and circumstances

Who is it for?

Roles including:

  • Care workers in residential/domiciliary settings, or support workers, wanting to get a good understanding of what is required of them within their role
  • For anyone working in a Social Care setting wanting annual refresher training

How the online courses work

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  • Take the course

    This online course consists of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk learners through the lesson material. Pages may include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help learners stay engaged and interested in the material. Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be paused and resumed at any stage.

    The course is self-paced so learners decide how fast or slow the training goes. There is no deadline for completion but some of our courses have a test at the end to check that learners have understood the material. If the course has a test at the end then learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark to successfully complete the course. Once learners have passed the test they are awarded a certificate, which can either be downloaded digitally or sent as a physically copy if this option was chosen when purchasing the course.

  • Your Certificate

    Upon completion of any of our courses, learners will be able to download a digital certificate from Virtual College and will include the accrediting bodies logo where applicable.

    If you have bought the posted certificate option (available on select courses), a high quality, seal embossed, certificate will be sent out by first class post at the beginning of the following working week.