Nosocomial Pneumonia and Oral Health

Authors

  • Kenneth Shay DDS, MS,

    Corresponding author
    1. Veterans Integrated Service Network #11, Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Ann Arbor, Mich.
    2. Dept. of Periodontics/Prevention/Geriatrics, University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Ann Arbor
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  • Frank A. Scannapieco DMD, PhD,

    1. Dept. of Oral Biology, School of Dental Medicine, University at Buffafo, The State University of New York, Buffalo
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  • Margarets. Terpenning MD,

    1. VA Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center, Ann Arbor VA Health Care System
    2. Medical Service, Ann Arbor VA Health Care System
    3. Dept. of Medicine, Section of Geriatric Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor
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  • Barbara J. Smith RDH, MPH, PhD,

    1. Dental Service, Education, and Clinical Center, Ann Arbor VA Health Care System
    2. Dept. of Periodontics/Prevention/Geriatrics, University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Ann Arbor
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  • George W. Taylor DMD, DrPH

    1. Dept. of Cariology, Restorative Sciences, and Endodontics, University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Ann Arbor
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*ken-neth.shay@med.va.gov

ABSTRACT

This article will critically review the evidence linking pneumonia to the aspiration of microbe-laden oropharyngeal secretions and tie that to the predisposition for these processes to affect dependent, medically compromised individuals. The goal of this review is to alert the reader to the role that oral disease and oral health play in fostering and preventing, respectively, widespread and potentially fatal pulmonary disease among high-risk individuals.

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