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Keywords:

  • oral hygiene;
  • pathogenic bacteria;
  • enteral feeding;
  • aspiration pneumonia;
  • suction toothbrush

ARSTRACT

This investigation assessed the oral cavity and microbiological status of 36 non-verbal persons with developmental disabilities. The authors examined oral hygiene interventions aimed at reducing risk factors linked to bacterial colonization and aspiration pneumonia. The findings indicated a statistically significant decrease of potentially pathogenic bacteria and a reduction in total bacteria counts for people receiving oral care via intermittent suction.