22 Nov '11, 9am

Oral hygiene and oral care essential for the elderly #Singapore

Attention has to be given to oral hygiene and oral care of the elderly. (AFP photo) By Sarah Ko Couples often remind their child to brush his teeth at least twice a day to prevent cavities, but few realise it is just as important to encourage good oral hygiene among their own parents. Research has shown that poor oral hygiene is linked to Aspiration Pneumonia, which is essentially a lung infection that occurs as a result of food, fluids or saliva entering the airway and into the lungs. Pneumonia has been described as the "Captain of the Men of Death" by William Osler back in the 1910s. However its description still holds true today. Studies have shown that the risk of developing pneumonia increases with age. Those aged 75 years and above have approximately six times as much risk as those below 60 in developing pneumonia. The risk of death from pneumonia has also been found...

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