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Proper Dental Care's Role In Whole Health Field

New research shows vulnerable patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) who received enhanced oral care from a dentist were at significantly less risk for developing a lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI), like ventilator-associated pneumonia, during their stay. The study was published in the November issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA).

 

"Bacteria causing healthcare-associated infections often start in the oral cavity," said Fernando Bellissimo-Rodrigues, MD, lead author of the study. "This study suggests that having a dentist provide weekly care as part the ICU team may improve outcomes for vulnerable patients in this setting."Brazilian researchers utilized an observer-blind randomized clinical trial design to analyze data from 254 adult patients who stayed in a general ICU for at least 48 hours. Patients were randomized to receive enhanced dental care provided by a dentist, or to receive routine oral hygiene performed by the ICU nurse staff.

 

 

The ICU patient's daily dental care seem so important. We can image the dentists will play an important role in public health. Like the heart disease patients, the daily dental care so important for them. Cooperation between dentists and general doctors can reduce some pain of the paitents. The first thing that the docotors should to do is emphasizing the importance of dental care. Reminding them to brushing teeth every day.As the dentists, they must check the patient's gum regularly. If there has some sudden problems, dentists can deal with it immediately. We can the beautiful and harmonious scene that dentists and doctors work together in one room.

 

Some especial oral hygiene habits for ICU patients include teeth brushing and so on. Everyone f us know some bacteria in mouth that can make patient's oral condition so bad. At last, the overall health condition be more worse. 

 

 

Enhanced dental care included teeth brushing, tongue scraping, removal of calculus, atraumatic restorative treatment of caries, tooth extraction and topical application of chlorhexidine corresponding to each patients' needs four to five times a week. Comparatively, regular treatment consisted of mechanical cleansing using gauze followed by topical application of chlorhexidine three times a day.

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