Guide to providing mouth care for older people

Nurs Older People. 2011 Dec;23(10):14-21. doi: 10.7748/nop2011.


The authors provide an overview of oral health, why it is important for older people and how poor oral health can affect nutritional status and quality of life. Practical advice is given on assessment of oral health; cleaning of natural teeth and dentures; and care of oral problems that commonly affect older people. An oral healthcare education session is recommended to provide hands-on advice to caregivers. The article is not intended as an exhaustive reference and the reader should always ask for professional dental advice and assistance if in doubt about any aspect of oral care.

MeSH terms

  • Caregivers
  • Guidelines as Topic*
  • Humans
  • Oral Hygiene*
  • Quality of Life