Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


New BPG released

RNAO is pleased to announce the release of the best practice guideline (BPG) Oral health: Supporting adults who require assistance, Second Edition. This BPG is the new edition of the 2008 BPG, Oral health: Nursing assessment and intervention

The updated BPG provides nurses, the interprofessional team and caregivers with evidence-based recommendations for the provision of oral care for adults (18 years of age and older) that will: 

  • promote an interprofessional approach to providing oral care 
  • enhance the delivery of oral care interventions 
  • lead to positive oral health outcomes for persons 

This BPG recognizes that a person- and family-centred approach to care is essential for providing assistance with oral care to adults across the continuum of care. This BPG also recognizes that when providing any form of oral care, infection control practices should be followed. 

This guideline has received endorsement by the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association and Ontario Dental Association. 

Download the BPG online

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