The overall aim of Mouth Care Matters (MCM) is to empower staff through training and education, to identify patients that need help with mouth care and ensure it is delivered in a safe and compassionate way.

Mini MCM aims to empower medical and allied medical healthcare professionals to take ownership of the oral health care of any paediatric in-patient with a hospital stay of more than 24 hours.

We have developed an oral health screening tool to identify patients who may be at a high risk of developing dental decay, which has been shown to lead to long-term detrimental effects in children leading to pain, sepsis and compromised growth & development.

A range of posters to use on the ward or in staff rooms, covering the Mini MCM Elephant mascot to reminding families

Mini Mouth Care Matters aims to encourage all nursing, medical and health care professionals to “lift the lip” and identify common oral health/dental conditions and to include oral health care as part of basic general health care needs for all in-patients.

A simple measure to ask if a patient has brought their toothbrush with them (and if not- to provide one) may make all the difference to how the oral health of that patient is maintained whilst in a hospital setting, with a view to continue good OH practices at home.

Visit the Mini Mouth Care Matters website

Mini Mouth Care Matters Guide

This guide complements the Mini Mouth Care Matters training.

Mini Mouth Care Matters Assessment and Recording Form

The recording pack consists of two parts (a) Mouth care assessment – to plan what support and care is needed (b) Daily recording sheet. 

Mini Mouth Care Matters Product List

The purpose of this guide is to provide hospital staff with information on how to order suitable mouth care products for inpatients.

Mini Mouth Care Matters Policy

This policy can be used and adapted by those who wish to develop a mouth care policy in their place of work.

On the MiniMCM website you can find all of the above resources as well as downloadable posters for display in wards and clinics.

British Academy of Childhood Disability is registered in England and Wales under charity number 1177868
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