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Three care homes in Angus are the first to receive NHS Tayside’s Oral Health Award, which is a new programme aimed at improving the oral health of care home residents.

Angus Council’s St Drostan’s House in Brechin, Windyedge Cottage in Forfar and Balhousie’s Lisden House in Kirriemuir have all been awarded the Oral Health Award which has been developed by the oral health improvement team within NHS Tayside to encourage homes to include new oral health standards as part of the residents’ care plans.

The Award was officially launched in January by former Minister for Public Health Shona Robison.

NHS Tayside’s Community Dental Service has been working in partnership with care homes in Tayside for many years to ensure that their residents receive appropriate daily oral care and dental treatment as required.

Tayside Oral Health Award is a local programme adapted from the national Caring for Smiles resource, launched in June 2010, which sees oral health professionals offer training and support to care home staff throughout Tayside.

The care homes are invited to work towards the Tayside Oral Health Award, which recognises good practice and requires the care homes to achieve 10 criteria, including having daily care plans, appropriate resources, access to a dentist and oral health champions.

The programme has initially been introduced in 30 care homes across Tayside, 10 each in Angus, Dundee and Perth and Kinross, and is supported by The Care Inspectorate and Scottish Care.

Donna Kirk, principal co-ordinator of national dental strategies said: “The staff of St Drostan’s House, Windyedge Cottage and Lisden House should be proud of their achievements.

“This is a great accolade and again demonstrates the high standards of care available in care homes.”

Dental health support worker Eileen Robb, who covers all care homes in the Angus area, added: “The staff, especially the identified oral health champions, have worked hard over the past few months to meet the criteria.

“I look forward to working with other Angus Care Homes to encourage participation and promote oral health issues.”

Angus Council convener of Social Work and Health, councillor Alison Andrews said: “I am very pleased that this aspect of the care which our staff deliver to the residents at St Drostan’s House has led to this award.

“High standards of oral health are just as important for the comfort and wellbeing of residents in care homes as they are for other members of the community.

“As part of our continuing commitment to this important aspect of care, I’m pleased that two other Angus Council care centres, Seaton Grove in Arbroath and Camus House, Carnoustie, have also undertaken the award and another, Beech Hill House, Forfar, has just begun the process.”