Why is frequent oral care important?
Frequent oral care helps prevent the development of biofilms. Biofilms are a thin, usually resistant layer of microorganisms, such as bacteria, that form and coat various surfaces,1 such as the teeth. Biofilms have been found to be involved in up to 80% of infections.2 Dental plaque is one of the most common biofilms and is responsible for various diseases involving the mouth and teeth, including gingivitis.3 Once in the mouth, these bacteria can make their way into the lungs where they can cause infection such as pneumonia.4
What do the experts say about preventing pneumonia?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also recommends the use of an antiseptic agent as part of an oral hygiene program to help prevent pneumonia.5 The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) issued guidelines in 2010 for providing routine oral care. Some of the recommendations in this guideline include brushing at least twice a day to remove plaque, using an oral antiseptic solution, or 1.5% hydrogen peroxide to clean the mouth every 2-4 hours, and applying a mouth moisturizer after cleansing the oral cavity.6
How can I help prevent pneumonia?
One way to help reduce risk factors for pneumonia is by providing routine oral care.6 Sage Products helps you meet this guideline recommendation by offering a variety of oral care products. Our Continue Care? systems contain all the tools, cleansing solutions, and components to provide a full day of routine antiseptic mouth care.
Single use suction systems come with Perox-A-Mint? solution, which contains 1.5% hydrogen peroxide to help cleanse the mouth, which is recommended by the CDC, as mentioned earlier.
Mouth moisturizer is available in both cream and spray form to help soothe and moisturize oral tissue. The mouth moisturizer cream can be applied using Sage's Toothette swabs.
References: 1. Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary. Retrieved July 3, 2007, from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/biofilm. 2. Immunology of Biofilms. Immunology and Immunotherapy Program, Center for Integrative Biology and Infectious Diseases, Natl. Institute of Dental and Crainofacial Research, NIH, Bethesda, MD, 2004. 3. Kuramitsu, H. "Oral Microbial Communities: Genetic Analysis of Oral Biofilms." Strict and Facultative Anaerobes: Medical and Environmental Aspects. Ed. Nakano, M. Horizon Bioscience, 2004. 4. Fourrier F, et al., Crit Care Med. 1998;26: 301-8. 5. Tablan OC, etl al., Guidelines for preventing health-care, associated pneumonia, 2003, Recommendations of CDC and Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC), 2003. 6. Scott JM, Vollman KM, Endotracheal tube and oral care. In DJ Lynn-McHale Wiegand and KK Carlson (Eds.) AACN Procedure Manual for Critical Care, Fifth Ed., pp 28.33., Elservier Saunders, St. Louis, MO..