5.4.1 Overview

The final piece of the hygiene puzzle—and a very important one—is oral hygiene. The mouth, is an entry point of the body, and as such, it is a place where bacteria and other microorganisms are prone to collect. As you have already learned, these tiny organisms can cause big problems for human health! Therefore, caring for the mouth, teeth and gums is very important. In this chapter, you will learn about the steps to caring for your client’s mouth, including denture care.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Use proper techniques when assisting clients with oral hygiene
  • Collaborate with client while assisting with oral care, ensuring client dignity and preferences are established and maintained

Key Terms

When learning about hygiene and grooming, it is essential to first look at the terminology to ensure that you understand everything clearly. These terms will be used throughout this book, so it is important to take the time to master them and practice your recall often.

  • biofilm
  • oral care

Whenever these terms are first introduced in this chapter, they are bolded. However, if you need additional information about a term than what is provided here, you can research it in The Free Dictionary: Medical Dictionary.


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