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The incidence of hospital-acquired pneumonia has been linked with dental plaque in elderly patients. Elderly people tend to have poorer oral hygiene and the respiratory pathogens in dental plaque make them more prone to pneumonia when requiring ICU care.
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About: Oral health linked to hospital-acquired pneumonia in elderly patients
Date: 8 November 2004
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