There may be anxiety about splashes, but wearing PPE will help carers continue to maintain the
everyday health and care of the people they look after.
Mouth care is part of everyday personal care and should be undertaken at the same time.
Further information on PPE for care home settings can be found in the guidance from Health Protection Scotland, https://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19/ Table 4 of the PPE guidance (COVID-19 personal protective equipment(PPE)) is relevant for providing mouth care in the care home setting.
It is possible that some residents living with dementia might find PPE confusing or it may make them anxious. In that case, be patient and respectful, and try to find out what might help the resident to feel more comfortable.
Encourage continued independence for residents who are able to undertake their own mouth care. Prompt and support if required. Mouth care should continue as detailed in the Caring for Smiles Guide for Care Homes and the resident’s care plan.
In the event that a resident reaches the end stages of life, keeping their mouth moist and comfortable is the main aim of mouth care.
If you have a concern about a resident’s mouth and need advice from a dentist, please contact the dentist that they are registered with in the first instance.
If a resident does not have a dentist, please contact the dental helpline for your health board,
For out of hours dental emergencies please call NHS 24 on 111.