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Patients who are able to sit in a Fowler's or semi-Fowler's position can usually perform their own oral hygiene as long as the necessary supplies are within easy reach. For independent patients, sitting on the edge of the bed or standing at the sink is also an option when performing oral hygiene.

While a patient is performing oral hygiene, it is important for you to observe the process and provide any necessary teaching about brushing and flossing. This is also a good time to discuss the importance of oral hygiene and good oral health with the patient.

When patients become ill, have surgery, or have a medical condition that inhibits the use of their hands, you must perform oral hygiene for them. Before assuming dependent patients are incapable of performing any of their oral hygiene, be sure to assess their level of dependence and invite them to participate in any way they can.

Be sure to add the level of assistance that is required to the patient's plan of care. The healthcare team can then be aware of how and to what extent they have to assist the patient with oral care.
Dependent patients

When patients become ill, have surgery, or have a medical condition that inhibits the use of their hands, you must perform oral hygiene for them. Before assuming dependent patients are incapable of performing any of their oral hygiene, be sure to assess their level of dependence and invite them to participate in any way they can.

Be sure to add the level of assistance that is required to the patient's plan of care. The healthcare team can then be aware of how and to what extent they have to assist the patient with oral care.