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Posted @withregram • @dysphagiadude Thank you Dr. Ianessa Humbert for inspiring me and educating me on this post! Valleculae aggregation freaks people out sometimes, but is it really all that concerning? Check out the video and comment below!

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Posted @withregram • @dysphagiaoutreachproject Oral care is vital to our health. Those with dysphagia are at an increased risk of having food and/or liquids fall below the vocal folds, also referred to as aspiration.
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According to Ashford (2012), pneumonia is caused by bacteria from the mouth entering the lungs. Individuals can reduce bacteria in the mouth by completing oral care daily.
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Sheffler (2018) states that the best way to reduce bacteria in the mouth is to brush the teeth, palate, and tongue with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
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The American Dental Assocoatiob (n.d.) provides instructions for proper oral care including:
1. Use of a toothbrush with soft rounded nylon bristles.
2. Placement of bristles at the gum line touching both the teeth and gum at a 45 degree angle.
3. Gently brush the outer surface of 2-3 teeth moving the brush from the gum line down towards the chewing surface. Continue in sets of 2-3 teeth and repeat until all have been cleaned.
4. Clean behind the teeth as well as the inner and outer surfaces. Brush the tongue from the back to the front.
5. Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months.
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If you or someone you know is in need of oral care supplies, check out our application form at the link in our bio.
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