Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Hygiene Beliefs and Practices

  • A nurse’s personal oral hygiene beliefs and practices can affect the oral health care and advice given to their clients.
  • To ensure that the oral health needs of the client are met and maintained, the first step is to complete a thorough assessment upon admission.
  • This oral health history should identify oral hygiene beliefs and practices so that a plan for care can be developed which will mimic or augment that person’s routine.
  • The care provider must determine if the client is able to tend to oral hygiene independently and if not, to what extent interventions are needed.
  • Refer to the document below for suggested questions to consider when assessing oral hygiene beliefs, practices and current state of health. Please note these are suggested questions only, and not a validated tool.

To view sample questions for oral hygiene history click here


Clinical Management
Oral Health: Nursing Assessment and Intervention
Point of Care Resources