Oral Hygiene and Aspiration Pneumonia

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Two bowls of soup that we could think of as the categories of "pneumonia soup."

Pneumonia Alphabet Soup (Part 1)

Pneumonia Alphabet Soup: Reworking the Recipe by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com CAP, HAP, NHAP, HCAP, VAP, DAP, NDAP… Do these all mean pneumonia? Imagine a bowl of alphabet soup with all these letters floating on the surface. What about the broth surrounding the letters? Taste the soup, close your eyes, and ask, “What else could be in there?” Now, here are the letters separated into two “bowls,” showing the complex flavors of each […]

saliva "bubble" with puzzle pieces in it to represent the complexity of saliva. Much is still unknown.

Saliva Puzzle: Saliva Production & Swallowing

The Saliva Puzzle: Saliva Production & Its Influence on Swallowing Guest Authors: Joanne Yee, MS, CF-SLP & Nicole Rogus-Pulia, PhD., CCC-SLP Editor: Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com  Aspiration pneumonia (AP) is one of the leading causes of death among older adults, ranking among the top 10 most common diagnoses leading to in-hospital mortality in a recent study.1 The presence of oropharyngeal dysphagia is widely considered one of the most important risk factors for […]

Mature cryptobiotic soil is very lumpy and dark due to not only cyanobacteria, but also the lichen, algae, mosses, and more.

It’s Alive! Oral Microbiome

Microbiomes in the Environment to Your Oral Microbiome! by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com My travels this summer lead me to some pretty harsh environments as we park-hopped through some wondrous national parks, Utah state parks and national monuments. Before I dive into this blog, I want to thank our national park service. We have protected such a treasure in the United States! During our adventure, I was on the lookout for relationships […]

The changes in soil composition and pH after a volcanic eruption may be analogous to changes in an oral microbiome or ecosystem after illness and infection.

What Do Volcanoes & Mouths Have in Common? (Part II: Oral Microbiome & Saliva)

Part II of Oral Microbiome and Saliva By Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S. SwallowStudy.com I was out in the beautiful pacific northwest the summer of 2014, learning about the region’s flora, fauna, volcanos and glaciers. Especially interesting was visiting Mount Saint Helens in Washington state. After 34 years, the destructive power of the 1980 volcanic eruption is still evident. However, this ecosystem or ecobiome is recovering. The ash-filled pumice plain is finally being recolonized. My […]

Oral Care and Aspiration Pneumonia Prevention

10 Trillion Microorganisms vs Your Toothbrush (Part I: Oral Hygiene)

This blog was inspired by the presentation: “Dental Perspectives on Aspiration Pneumonia Causes and Management” by Kennneth Shay, DDS, MS Dentist and Gerontologist Department of Veterans Affairs: Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care ASHA Healthcare & Business Institute April 12, 2014 “The mouth is dirty,” Dr Kenneth Shay stated frankly at the ASHA Institute, and it’s “the biggest hole in your body!” Warning: You may want to finish eating, brush your teeth, floss, use mouthwash, […]