Implementing oral hygiene protocols in nursing facilities and dependent care settings decreases the incidence of pneumonias and prevents 1 in 10 pneumonia deaths.
Online resources are available for providing oral health education for nursing staff.
Bassim CW, Gibson G, et al. Modification of the risk of mortality from pneumonia with oral hygiene care. JAGS 2008; 56(9):1601-07.
Sjögren P, Nilsson E, Forsell M, et al. A systematic review of the preventive effect of oral hygiene on pneumonia and respiratory tract infection in elderly people in hospitals and nursing homes: effect estimates and methodological quality of randomized controlled trials. J Am Geriatr Soc 2008; 56:2124–30.
Nursing Home Oral Health: A Blueprint for Success 2012. Accessed on 3/7/2014
McGilton KS, Boscart V, Fox M, et al. A systematic review of the effectiveness of communication interventions for health care providers caring for patients in residential care settings. Worldviews Evid Based Nurs. 2009; 6(3):149–159.