National League of NursingNational League of Nursing

The Voice of Nursing Education


ACE-S Triptych


Performing Oral Health Assessments on Aging Patients

Printer friendly version of this teaching strategy


Students will read:

Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA) Age > 6            

Oral Health Delivery Framework 

Oral Health Delivery Framework

Student will implement Oral Health Delivery framework in caring for older adult

ASK – about oral health of older adult using the Oral Health Risk Assessment Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA) Age > 6

LOOK – perform an oral health exam on the older adult using HEENOT and the Smiles for Life Module 7 

  • List the important points to look for in the oral physical examination (HEENOT) :
  • Lips, tongue, mucous membranes, teeth

DECIDE ­ your nursing diagnosis for the oral health needs of the older adult in the community.

  • Develop a patient-centered management plan that includes oral health interventions.
  • Develop a risk profile that includes oral and oral–systemic health problems.
  • List potential problems.

ACT –   Name three preventive oral health interventions you will implement.

List two oral health referral sources in the community for the older adult.

DOCUMENT – Student will document oral health assessment in Typhon.

Getting Started
Suggested Reading
​Author Information