Oral Care Across Ages: A Review Mouth cleaning is performed to prevent diseases such as dental caries, gingivitis, and periodontitis. Bacteria, present since birth, form complex biofilms that attach to oral surfaces. These florae—controlled with saliva, brushing, and the immune system—may contribute to systemic diseases, including aspiration pneumonia. This review examines oral properties, biofilms, potential disease ... Article
Article  |   March 2012
Oral Care Across Ages: A Review
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  • John R. Ashford
    SA Swallowing Services, PLLC, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN
  • © 2012 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Healthcare Settings
Article   |   March 2012
Oral Care Across Ages: A Review
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), March 2012, Vol. 21, 3-8. doi:10.1044/sasd21.1.3
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), March 2012, Vol. 21, 3-8. doi:10.1044/sasd21.1.3

Mouth cleaning is performed to prevent diseases such as dental caries, gingivitis, and periodontitis. Bacteria, present since birth, form complex biofilms that attach to oral surfaces. These florae—controlled with saliva, brushing, and the immune system—may contribute to systemic diseases, including aspiration pneumonia. This review examines oral properties, biofilms, potential disease associated with the oral flora, and oral care practices.

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