Chapter 1: Personal hygiene

Mouth care

As my grandmother got sicker, she said her mouth always felt dry and that the ice chips helped. We just kept them coming as long as she wanted them – whatever we could do to help.

Many people with advanced illness experience significant mouth problems that can affect their quality of life. Common problems include dry mouth, lips, and throat; open sores; yeast infections; or discomfort with dentures and partial plates. One way to help is to assist the person with their mouth care. Click each phrase below for suggestions.

A regular mouth care routine helps keep the person comfortable and ensures that medication given under the tongue can be properly absorbed. Provide simple mouth care three or four times a day, or more if the person requires it.

Watch the video for a demonstration and tips on helping person who is ill with mouth care.

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