Feasibility of providing safe mouth care and collecting oral and fecal microbiome samples from nursing home residents with dysphagia

Academic Article


  • Individuals with dysphagia who reside in nursing homes often receive inadequate mouth care and experience poor oral health. From a policy perspective, the combination of absent evidence-based mouth care protocols coupled with insufficient dental coverage create a pool of individuals at great risk for preventable infectious illnesses that contribute to high health care costs. The purpose of the current study was to determine (a) the safety of a mouth care protocol tailored for individuals with dysphagia residing in nursing homes without access to suction equipment, and (b) the feasibility of collecting oral and fecal samples for microbiota analyses. The mouth care protocol resulted in improved oral hygiene without aspiration, and oral and fecal samples were safely collected from participants. Policies supporting ongoing testing of evidence-based mouth care protocols for individuals with dysphagia are important to improve quality, demonstrate efficacy, and save health care costs.
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    Author List

  • Jablonski RA; Winstead V; Azuero A; Ptacek T; Jones-Townsend C; Byrd E; Geisinger ML; Morrow C
  • Start Page

  • 9
  • End Page

  • 15
  • Volume

  • 43
  • Issue

  • 9