Physical healthcare needs: oral hygiene in the mental health setting
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Physical healthcare needs: oral hygiene in the mental health setting

Jacqueline Bloomfield Lecture, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London
Anne Pegram Lecture, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London

Nurses need to understand the importance of oral hygiene because of its effects on the individual’s quality of life. This requires thorough oral assessment, effective dental care and awareness of factors that may compromise oral health of clients. The importance of obtaining consent, maintaining dignity and privacy during any procedures, and consistent interpersonal and manual skills are emphasised.

Mental Health Practice. 15, 6,32-38. doi: 10.7748/mhp2012.03.15.6.32.c8981

Correspondence

jacqueline.bloomfield@kcl.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared