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Dental Practice Education Research Unit
Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health
Adelaide Dental School

The University of Adelaide

Tel:  +61 8 8313 3291


Oral Health of Medically Compromised Patients:                                                                                Nil by Mouth, Feeding Tubes, Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy and Palliative Care

Certain groups of patients including those who are nil by mouth (NBM), those on feeding tubes, and those undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy and those in palliative care, are more likely to develop oral complications. They are at a greater risk of further deterioration of their oral health and developing long-term secondary complications including malnutrition and aspiration pneumonia. Consequently, these groups of patients may require extra oral care and present additional challenges for dental practitioners. The professional pamphlet on this special topic provides information on various oral complications that these groups of medically compromised patients may develop and special oral care that can be provided by dental practitioners to manage such complications and subsequently to improve their quality of life. The material in the patient pamphlet, on the other hand, describes the relevant information about these groups of medically compromised patients as well as oral complications they may present with and special oral care guidelines that they have to follow with the advice/recommendation of their dental practitioners.

Multiple copies of the patient pamphlet are available for ordering.

View documents by clicking the below links.

Information for dental practitioners
Information for patients