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Daily toothbrushing in hospitals linked to significant drop in pneumonia cases and ICU mortality rates

Daily toothbrushing significantly reduces hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) rates, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study analysed results from 15 randomised controlled trials involving over 2,800 hospital patients, most of whom were in intensive care. It showed that for every 12 patients who cleaned their teeth regularly, incidents of HAP reduced by one case.

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