Children with neurologic impairment had lower rates of recurrent severe pneumonia if they practiced dental care as a preventive measure, according to the results of a study published in the journal Pediatrics.

The rate of pneumonia hospitalization for children enrolled in California Children’s Services was evaluated and a comparison of rates among expert-recommended prevention strategies was made. The prevention strategies of interest were dental care, oral secretion management, gastric acid suppression, gastrostomy tube placement, chest physiotherapy, outpatient antibiotics before index hospitalization, and clinic visit before or after index hospitalization.

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