Equipment Needed

2 Towels
Rinse water

Mouth Care

  1. Introduce self to resident.
  2. Identify that hands should be washed.
  3. Explain procedure to the resident.
  4. Provide for resident’s privacy by pulling privacy curtain
  5. Gather equipment and supplies, puts on gloves (AFTER  ALL  EQUIPMENT  AND  SUPPLIES  HAVE  BEEN GATHERED).
  6. Drape the chest with towel (Paper or cloth) to prevent soiling.
  7. Wet tooth brush.
  8. Apply a small amount of toothpaste to toothbrush.
  9. Brush residents' teeth, including the inner, outer, and chewing surfaces of all upper and lower teeth. If available, toothettes may be utilized instead of the toothbrush as long as all of the surfaces listed above are cleaned.
  10. Clean tongue.
  11. Assist resident in rinsing mouth.
  12. Wipe resident's mouth, removes soiled towel and place in appropriate container.
  13. Empty, rinse and dry emesis basin.Rinse toothbrush. Return emesis basin and toothbrush to storage.
  14. Turns gloves inside out as they are removed. Disposes of gloves in the appropriate container.
  15. Leave resident in position of comfort.
  16. Open privacy curtain.
  17. Leave call light or signaling device within easy reach of the resident.
  18. Maintain respectful, courteous interpersonal interactions at all times.
  19. Identify that hands should be washed.

Skills key can be found on the D & S Video title page.