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Oral hygiene can reduce the incidence of and death resulting from pneumonia and respiratory tract infection

Ralph Rosenblum Jr. DDS, MHA .


Systematic Review Conclusion

Mechanical oral hygiene decreases the risk of dying as a result of pneumonia and seems to have a clinically relevant preventive effect on nonfatal pneumonia in dependent elderly people.

Critical Summary Assessment

Daily attention to oral hygiene reduces the occurrence of health care‚Äďassociated (that is, nosocomial) pneumonia and lower respiratory tract infections among high-risk elderly people in nursing homes and hospitals.

Evidence Quality Rating

Good Evidence

This summary is published in the Journal of the American Dental Association and can be accessed at:

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These summaries are not intended to, and do not, express, imply, or summarize standards of care, but rather provide a concise reference for dentists to aid in understanding and applying evidence from the referenced systematic review in making clinically sound decisions as guided by their clinical judgment and by patient needs. American Dental Association © 2019