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Prioritizing Oral Hygiene to Prevent Hospital-Acquired Pneumonias

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AGD Subject Code: 010

Dental hygienists play an important role on multidisciplinary hospital care teams.

Educational Objectives

After reading this course, the participant should be able to:

  1. Describe the relationship between oral microorganisms and the development of hospital-acquired pneumonias.
  2. Recognize barriers related to providing oral hygiene in the hospital setting.
  3. Describe an evidence-based oral hygiene algorithm for ventilated and nonventilated hospitalized patients.
  4. Identify the benefits of a having a dental hygienist in the hospital to provide quality and consistent oral hygiene to critically ill patients.


This course was published in the May 2023 issue and expires May 2026. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.

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