Oral care is frequently overlooked in hospital, rehabilitation, and long-term care settings. This handout describes step-by-step instructions for completing oral care, with specific care instructions for people who have dentures or who are at high risk for aspiration. This handout is designed for staff, patients, family, and caregivers to improve the quality of oral care and reducing the risks associated with oral bacteria in the body.
Oral care continues to be one of the most powerful preventative cares in rehabilitation and long-term care settings. This handout describes the latest research showing the effect that oral care can have on overall health, including brain function, heart longevity, and diabetes management.