Dentures on the nightstand may save lives.

Tongue and denture plaque and gum inflammation might be the least of the worries for some overnight denture wearers.

According to a recent study by International and American Associations for Dental Research @IADR of elders 85 years of age or older, their risk for pneumonia more than doubles if they wear their dentures to bed.

A simple takeaway, according to Frauke Mueller, University of Geneva, Switzerland: denture wearing during the night should be discouraged in geriatric patients.

Read about other findings lead researcher Toshimitsu Iinuma, Nihon University School of Dentistry, Japan, gained when he and his team investigated associations between a constellation of oral health behaviors and incidences of pneumonia in the community-living of elders 85 years of age or older:

http://www.iadr.org/files/14JDR_DenturesPressRelease.pdf

 

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