Oral health assessment and mouth care for children and young people receiving palliative care. Part one

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This is the first part of two articles exploring oral health problems and treatments for children receiving palliative care, successful management of which can improve considerably the quality of life for this group of children and young people. Part one includes an adapted oral health assessment tool for use in children and young people with complex and palliative healthcare needs that has the potential to help nurses identify and monitor oral health problems and prevent or minimise oral problems from developing. Part two - to be published next month - focuses on basic oral hygiene and the management of specific oral health problems.

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