Regular dental care reduces risk for nonventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia

Undergoing preventive dental treatment within 12 months or periodontal treatment within 6 months of hospitalization was associated with a reduced risk for nonventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia, researchers found.
“I read a report from DentaQuest about Medicaid beneficiaries and ventilator-associated pneumonia and dental services,” Dian Baker PhD, APRN, professor at the California State University Sacramento School of Nursing, told Healio. “Because most pneumonia starts from germs in the oropharyngeal cavity, it seemed logical that access to dental services could also

Undergoing preventive dental treatment within 12 months or periodontal treatment within 6 months of hospitalization was associated with a reduced risk for nonventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia, researchers found.
“I read a report from DentaQuest about Medicaid beneficiaries and ventilator-associated pneumonia and dental services,” Dian Baker PhD, APRN, professor at the California State University Sacramento School of Nursing, told Healio. “Because most pneumonia starts from germs in the oropharyngeal cavity, it seemed logical that access to dental services could also