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The purpose of intensive care units (ICU) is to meet the needs of patients, whose condition requires frequent assistance and observation by health professionals. The oral cavity is the gateway for pathogenic microorganisms and preventing infections by these agents is essential for the patient's systemic health. Thus, the aim of this study was to verify, through an integrative literature review, the most frequent diseases associated with the oral cavity in ICU patients and to emphasize thedoi:10.37118/ijdr.25951.12.2022 fatcat:edhu5uvjvbcetgwr2juqhjj4dy