New research is suggesting that oral health deteriorates during hospitalization and is associated with an increased risk of hospital-acquired infections and reduced quality of life.
This Research Published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology provides the latest evidence that oral health is being overlooked in hospitals, with potential serious consequences. The study reviewed data from five studies between 1998 and 2009 in the UK, USA, France and Netherlands. The study identified increases in plaque accumulation and gingival and mucosal inflammation. The findings were worst amongst patients who required help with their breathing