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Spec Care Dentist. 2007 Sep-Oct;27(5):168-76.

Health benefits and reductions in bacteria from enhanced oral care.

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Porterville Developmental Center, Porterville, Calif., USA.


This investigation assessed the oral cavity and microbiological status of 36 non-verbal persons with developmental disabilities. The authors examined oral hygiene interventions aimed at reducing risk factors linked to bacterial colonization and aspiration pneumonia. The findings indicated a statistically significant decrease of potentially pathogenic bacteria and a reduction in total bacteria counts for people receiving oral care via intermittent suction.

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