Did you know that 1 in 10 Seniors will lose their life to aspiration pneumonia because of dental neglect?
When our seniors are unable to receive the oral care they deserve, it places them at great risk for *aspiration pneumonia.
Here’s what you can do:
Join the #1in10SeniorSmiles Alliance as an Advocate, Provider, or Corporate Sponsor to receive life saving education and training.
Healthy Senior Smiles a nonprofit organization in Surprise, Arizona; supported through Smiles by Delivery a mobile dental program for home bound seniors, dedicated to educating and promoting oral health to our vulnerable senior population.
“Aspiration of oropharyngeal (including periodontal) pathogens is the dominant cause of nursing home–acquired pneumonia,” – Infections Complications of Dental and Periodontal Diseases in the Elderly Population. 2002-05-01.
“Approximately 1 in 10 cases of death from pneumonia in elderly nursing home residents may be prevented by improving oral hygiene.” – THE SYSTEMIC LINK: Bacteria In the Oral Cavity Inked to Disease, Journal of the American Geriatric Society, NOV 2008-VOL. 56, NO. 11.