Sleeping in Dentures Ups Risk of Pneumonia in Elderly

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Denture patients over the age of 85 were recently studied by the Journal of Dental Research. Findings showed a 2.3 fold increase in pneumonia cases with patients that wore their dentures overnight. Their study “provided empirical evidence that denture wearing during sleep is associated not only with oral inflammatory and microbial burden but also with incident pneumonia, suggesting potential implications of oral hygiene programs for pneumonia prevention in the community.