About Us

Why oral health research?

Mouth care is an integral part of personal care, yet daily mouth care is known to be inadequate for those who depend on others to carry out tasks of daily living. Oral health is often given low priority in the long-term care sector. Studies consistently indicate that oral health status amongst dependent older adults is poor. This places them at risk for oral diseases and dysfunction, affects overall health and negatively impacts quality of life, diminishing the pleasures of eating, speaking and social interactions.


How were these oral health resources developed?

The 'Oral Care in Continuing Care Settings' project engaged personal care providers, nurse managers and directors of care to develop, implement and evaluate a comprehensive daily oral care program in three long-term care facilities and an adult day hospital in rural Nova Scotia. Outputs included relevant, user friendly and accessible resources (print, video and web-based materials) to educate and support the range of unregulated personal care providers (i.e. personal care workers, residential care aides and continuing care assistants) who provide personal care for dependent older adults.

Who We Are

The Healthy Populations Institute (HPI) was established in 1993 as a Senate-approved research Institute at Dalhousie University. Through excellence in research, capacity building, and knowledge translation, HPI has been a leader in health promotion research in Atlantic Canada and beyond.


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