Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Appropriate Techniques for Oral Care

  • The use of direct light (such as that provided by a flashlight) to assess the oral cavity allows for greater visualization.
  • Appropriate care for dentures is needed as they too accumulate plaque and harbor harmful bacteria that can cause disease.
  • Using an ergonomic approach in terms of client and nurse positioning during the provision of oral care is an important consideration for effectiveness of the care provided and the safety of the client and nurse.
  • Proper positioning of the client in bed or chair can prevent injury to the client (example, prevention of aspiration) and the nurse (muscle strain).

To view examples of techniques and body positioning click here

Clinical Management
Oral Health: Nursing Assessment and Intervention
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