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Oral Hygiene: An Interprofessional Concern

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This chapter outlines the principles, methods and techniques underlying the F.O.T.T. area for oral hygiene. It explores the implications of oral hygiene for overall health and as a daily activity providing input for swallowing, cleaning and protection of the lower airway. It focuses on patients suffering from severe brain damage, like stroke or acquired brain injury in the acute and subacute phase. Common problems are described, including concrete approaches for problem-solving. Solutions are dependent of the patient’s age and disorder, the specific environment, and the conditions for care and treatment. Oral hygiene is set in an interprofessional context, where the different professions, such as nurses, therapists, medical doctors and carers, work together towards the patient’s goals and contribute with their core competences. The principles and methods might also be used in patients suffering from neurodegenerative disorders or geriatric diseases, and in children and youth with cerebral palsy.

Keywords

  • ICF
  • Biting reactions
  • Complications
  • Typical problems
  • Treatment
  • Oral hygiene aids
  • Biting reactions
  • Interprofessional cooperation
  • Informal carers

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Jakobsen, D. (2021). Oral Hygiene: An Interprofessional Concern. In: Nusser-Müller-Busch, R., Gampp Lehmann, K. (eds) Facial-Oral Tract Therapy (F.O.T.T.) . Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-51637-6_6

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