Mini Mouth Care Matters consists of training and resources for non-dental healthcare professionals. The programme empowers healthcare workers to look inside the mouths of children and young people, an intervention known as ‘lift the lip’ and to give oral care advice.
Designed originally for hospital staff, the Mini Mouth Care Matters (Mini MCM) training is now being adopted in other settings, such as hospices, where children may be resident but without access to dental care or advice.
Resources to help develop skills in oral assessments can be found here. Included is an oral health screening tool to identify patients who may be at an increased risk of developing dental decay. A video on how to complete the mouth care assessment and recording tool is available to view here.
Also available is a range of posters to use on the ward or in staff rooms, including the Mini MCM Elwood the Elephant mascot to remind all responsible for the care of children to ‘never forget’ mouth care.
Developed by Oosh Devalia, a Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry and funded by Health Education England, Mini MCM is endorsed by BSPD. For more information read our press release here.