Sleeping in dentures doubles risk of elderly developing pneumonia
Orlando, FL- Lead researcher Toshimitsu Iinuma of Nihon University School of Dentistry, Japan has recently published a study
showing a two fold increase in pneumonia
risk in elderly patients that sleep in their dentures.
"We always recommend that patients with dentures not to sleep with their prosthesis in. But due to social and memory issues we know its often an arduous task for patients to comply with our recommendations" says Dr. Matar.
A common misconception is that if a patient has no natural teeth and a complete denture prosthetic he/she no longer needs routine oral care. Improper care of a dental prosthetic puts patients at high risk for many dental infections such as oral candidiasis (thrush) an oral fungal infection. In light of this new research its even more important for these patients to know the importance of proper oral hygiene. Pneumonia and influenza together are ranked as the eighth leading cause of death in the United States
Winter Park Family Dentistry and Prosthodontics is a group dental practice that been providing family dentistry and prosthodontic specialty care to central Florida for 37 years. Its staff includes Board certified prosthodontist Dr. Jon S. Wilkins, DDS, MSD, Dr. Malcolm Hawley DDS and Dr. Ramzi Matar, DMD.
For more information, questions, or comments you can reach Dr. Ramzi Matar at any of the contacts below.
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Ramzi Matar DMD