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Identification of type and load of oral microorganisms associated with ill health and aspiration pneumonia in people living in residential aged care

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Khadka, S and Bettiol, SS and Goldberg, LR and King, AE and Crocombe, LA, Identification of type and load of oral microorganisms associated with ill health and aspiration pneumonia in people living in residential aged care, Tasmania Health Conference 2017, Hobart, Tasmania (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Abstract

Background: Oral health problems are being increasingly reported in older adults who are living in residential care communities. People, who rely on others for care, for example, those with moderate to severe dementia, are particularly vulnerable to poor oral health. Poor oral health is associated with increased tooth loss, dental caries, a higher rate of periodontal diseases and susceptibility to aspiration pneumonia and other ill health conditions. Poor oral health is directly linked to decreased overall health in older adults.

Aims: To determine the types and load of oral cavity microorganisms in older people with dementia in residential aged care.

Methods: The study will be conducted in samples obtained from aged care residents (Tasmania) with dementia and having, either teeth or dentures. A total of six hundred eight oral swabs will be collected from the hard palate, tongue, cheek and gum surface of oral cavity by pocket-out collection method. Microbiological analyses (including real-time polymerase chain reaction) will be performed at Medical Science Precinct, University of Tasmania to determine load and type of microorganisms present in the oral cavity following standard procedures.

Significance: The major significance of the project is the development of a cost-effective indicator kit for oral health diagnosis in older people in residential care as well as understanding the role of load and types of oral microorganisms in causing aspiration pneumonia and ill health in this population.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:Oral health, Oral microorganisms, Aspiration pneumonia, Older people, Residential aged care facilities
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Medical Microbiology
Research Field:Medical Microbiology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health)
Objective Field:Health Related to Ageing
UTAS Author:Khadka, S (Ms Sangeeta Khadka)
UTAS Author:Bettiol, SS (Dr Silvana Bettiol)
UTAS Author:Goldberg, LR (Associate Professor Lyn Goldberg)
UTAS Author:King, AE (Professor Anna King)
UTAS Author:Crocombe, LA (Associate Professor Leonard Crocombe)
ID Code:131880
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2019-04-10
Last Modified:2019-04-11
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