End of Life Journal Archives

Content tagged with Xerostomia

Oral Hygiene In Dying Patients With Diminished Consciousness

Susan Martin

Xerostomia (subjective sensation of oral dryness) and stomatitis (sore mouth) are common in patients with terminal disease and have considerable impact on patients’ wellbeing. Patients with diminished consciousness may still be aware of oral discomfort such as a dry mouth. Therefore, good oral hygiene is an important nursing role when... Read full article

Xerostomia in Terminally Ill and Dying Patients: Best Practice

Lisa Sheehy, Jasper Shaw

Xerostomia (dry mouth) has a negative impact on health and quality of life. It can increase the risk of oral candidiasis, tooth cavities and infections and cause difficulties with swallowing and communicating. Maintenance of oral hygiene should be an integral aspect of nursing care. Oral hygiene is important within all... Read full article

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