Mouth Care Matters

Mouth Care Matters

Welcome to the Mouth Care Matters training section.

This section is for Nurses and care staff providing and supporting effective mouth care for all hospitalised patients.

Daily mouth care in hospital should be paramount and considered an essential part of nursing care.

Delivering or supporting good mouth care is imperative. It reduces the risk of infection such as Hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP), which in turn reduces the length of a hospital stay. It also ensures dignity and comfort for your patient.

Training Offer

The online training is for nursing and care staff providing or supporting mouth care for hospitalised patients.

The training programme is modelled on the national Mouth Care Matters 4 key themes:

  • Knowledge of the importance of mouth care and good oral health and links to general health and well being
  • Skills gained through training on how to carry out mouth care and assessment of the mouth
  • Tools needed to provide good mouth care
  • Support when necessary from doctors and dental staff

Role Descriptor

The role of the nurse and care staff is to provide and or support hospitalised patients with mouth care and this should be carried out as part of the inpatients personal care on a daily basis.

They will perform these tasks as part of their clinical duties and will include:

  • Gaining knowledge and skills in assessing, planning and providing and or supporting good mouth care
  • Accessing and carrying out a mouthcare assessment on admission to the hospital and produce a mouth care plan
  • Identify common mouth problems and treat accordingly using the recommended products
  • Support and or provide daily mouth care for non-ventilated or ventilated patients to prevent hospital aqcuired or ventilated accquired pneumonia.

Statutory and Mandatory

Ensuring Good Mouth Care for Hospitalised Patients

PowerPoint presentation in which Sue Hodgkiss, Oral Health Improvement Practitioner/Hygienist talks about providing/supporting mouth care for all hospitalised patients and those who are Covid-19 positive.

If you are unable to view this video, please contact your local IT provider.

Mouth care product list and NHS supply details

Mouth Care Matters is not affiliated with any brand, company and/or product. Details of suggested products for common mouth problems and provision of effective mouth care, with NHS supply codes.   

How to provide care for a dry mouth

The aim of this video is to demonstrate how to provide care for a patient with a Dry Mouth. Produced by the Mouth Care Matters team and Health Education England.

How to clean and care for a denture

The aim of this video is to demonstrate how to clean and care for a denture. Produced by the Mouth Care Matters team and Health Education England

The aim of this video is to raise awareness of the importance of mouth care at the end of life. Produced by EOL and Health Education England

The aim of this video is to raise awareness of the importance of mouth care at the end of life. Produced by EOL and Health Education England

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