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Oral health care assessment and plan

The six question oral health assessment tool has been developed to help non-dental health workers identify adults who are experiencing or who are at risk of poor oral health. The six simple questions are predictive of a person’s need for dental treatment.

 A ‘yes’ to any of the questions 2-6 indicates a dental referral is required. 

  1. Do you have any of your own natural teeth?
  2. Have you had pain in your mouth while chewing?
  3. Have you lost any fillings, or do you need a dental visit for any other reason?
  4. Have you avoided laughing or smiling because of problems with your teeth, mouth or dentures?
  5. Have you had to interrupt meals because of problems with your teeth, mouth or dentures?
  6. Have you had difficulty relaxing because of problems with your teeth, mouth or dentures?

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