4.7 Mouth care


Oral hygiene is very important for everyone, but especially so for people with swallowing problems because inadequate or inappropriate mouth care can increase the risk of chest infections and tooth extraction. 

This section contains some academic articles, a guideline and a website about oral hygiene.  As such, this information is likely to be of most interest to: 

·         Staff working in health and social care

·         Trainers delivering sessions about dysphagia

·         People with swallowing problems and their families and friends.

See your dentist or dental hygienist, or an oral health educator for advice about oral hygiene. 


On-line resources

The British Dental Association has a public website called BDA Smile here. with information about oral hygiene.

British Society for Disability and Oral Health (2000) Guidelines for the development of local standards for dependent, dysphagic, critically and terminally ill patients.  Available here.


Chan EY et al (2011) Translating evidence into nursing practice: oral hygiene for care dependent adults. International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare, 9, 172–183. DOI:10.1111/j.1744-1609.2011.00214.x

Dickinson H (2012) Maintaining oral health after stroke. Nursing Standard, 26, 49, p35-39. Available here. 

Durgude Y & Cocks N (2011) Nurses’ knowledge of the provision of oral care for patients with dysphagia. British Journal of Community Nursing 16, 604–611.

Griffiths J & Lewis D (2002) Guidelines for the oral care of patients who are dependent, dysphagic or critically ill. Journal of Disability and Oral Health, 3, 1, 30-3.