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New guide on oral health and homelessness

The Queen’s Nursing Institute has launched guidance for community nurses about how to support people who are homeless to improve their oral health.

The guidance covers the specific oral health risks and needs of people who are homeless and includes useful advice nurses can give to re-connect patients with community dentists, to address fears and phobias, and to give practical advice for patients about looking after their teeth.

The guide includes information about the three major preventable oral health conditions – periodontitis, oral cancer and caries – to help patients who may have concerns about seeing a dental professional.