For those without teeth or are tube fed
Many people mistakenly think because they, or the people they are caring for, have no teeth or are fed via tube, there is no need to clean their mouths. This is simply not true.
Oral and dental diseases can be a contributing factor to pneumonia as the levels of bacteria in the mouth and saliva are increased. If saliva or food/fluid contains these bacteria and enters the lungs (aspiration), it can increase the risk and severity of chest infections. If oral care is not maintained oral and dental disease is more likely and so are chest infections, including pneumonia.
Is oral care for everyone?
Yes. Each individual should have a plan for oral care including anyone without teeth and even those who do not eat/drink orally (ie are tube fed).
Why is oral care important?
Equipment that can assist with oral care:
How to do oral care/tips:
Sometimes it can be hard to remember to do oral cares.
If you are having any trouble implementing oral care, please don’t hesitate to seek help either from an oral hygienist, dentist or our friendly Speech Language Therapists.
For advice especially for those with disabilities talk to our friendly Speech Language Therapists who are experienced with disabilities.
Just contact us at Therapy Professionals
Phone: 03 3775280