Terms used in this guideline

Terms used in this guideline

This section defines terms that have been used in a specific way for this guideline. For general definitions, please see the glossary.

Care home

This covers 24‑hour accommodation with either non-nursing care (for example, a residential home) or nursing care.

Mouth care

This covers activities such as removing and cleaning dentures, toothbrushing and using fluoride toothpaste.


This includes all adults aged 18 and older who live in care homes.

  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)