Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Purpose & Scope

  • This guideline aims to assist nurses working in diverse practice settings to provide evidence-based oral health care to adults with special needs.
  • Those with special needs may include older adults, those who are medically compromised, intellectually challenged, physically challenged, and/or have severe and persistent mental illness.
  • The guideline will focus on specific vulnerable populations over the age of 18 years (those who need assistance to meet their oral hygiene needs) and will address:
    • Assessment of oral health (incorporating screening);
    • Assessment of current oral hygiene practices; and
    • Interventions (incorporating care plan development).
Clinical Management
Oral Health: Nursing Assessment and Intervention
Background Information