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Mouth care at the end of life: how to provide safe and essential treatment

Oral hygiene is a crucial part of providing dignified and compassionate care at the end of life

Oral hygiene is a crucial part of providing dignified and compassionate care at the end of life

What does the term mouth care cover?

Mouth care is about keeping someone’s mouth clean, comfortable and healthy. It includes cleaning the lips, tongue, roof of the mouth, gums, teeth and any dentures. It may also be known as oral care or oral hygiene.

Why is mouth care so important at the end of life?

Marie Curie national practice development facilitator and Project ECHO Mouth Care Matters network lead Annette Brooks says good mouth care is vital because it allows patients to communicate.

‘If a patient has a dry,

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