Geriatric Oral Health and Pneumonia Risk

The mouth is a complex environment consisting of multiple bacterial species and biofilms that result in inflammation. Poor oral health often results in infections and older adults are particularly at risk.

One of the most common consequences for poor oral health in older persons is a risk of aspiration pneumonia. The risk of aspiration pneumonia is greatest when periodontal disease, untreated cavities, and poor oral hygiene are compounded by swallowing issues and eating problems.

Oral hygiene care with a provider like Sound Dental Care is one way for care communities to combat the risk of pneumonia. The health risk and expense of aspiration pneumonia makes dental hygiene a prudent and potentially cost-saving intervention.

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