Oral care in the intensive care unit: a review

J Contemp Dent Pract. 2007 Jan 1;8(1):76-82.


Oral care for patients in the hospital's Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is important, but this is usually the responsibility of nurses without sufficient knowledge in oral care or comprehensive protocols to follow. The problems of maintaining oral care with oral intubation, performing oral assessment, guidelines for oral hygiene care, frequency of oral care needed, and suggested mouth care protocol followed by recommendations are presented and discussed in this paper.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Protocols
  • Dental Care
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units*
  • Intubation*
  • Nursing Assessment
  • Oral Hygiene* / methods
  • Oral Hygiene* / nursing
  • Oral Hygiene* / statistics & numerical data