Dr. Christie M. Hogue|


“It’s important to look beyond the mouth and to consider that oral health impacts overall health in various different ways.” – Rebecca H. Affoo

Hello! Welcome to the Aging Pearls Podcast, where we’re dedicated to providing dental pearls for all those concerned with the oral care needs of our aging population. I am Dr. Christie Hogue and today, we have Rebecca H. Affoo, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, SLP-Reg, SLP(C). She will be sharing her experience as a practitioner and an educator. She discusses the connections between aging, eating habits, illnesses, and how we must go beyond and realize the impact of oral health to overall health.


[00:01 – 07:23] Finding the Links – Aging, Oral Health, and Impairment

  • Who is Rebecca H. Affoo?
    • Researching on the link between oral health and dysphasia
  • The impact of oral health
    • Individuals who have dysphagia or swallowing impairment may go on to develop aspiration pneumonia.
      • Misdirection into the larynx and then the airways
      • Oral health as an indicator of potentially developing aspiration pneumonia
    • There is a relationship between oral health, swallowing, and respiratory health.
  • Finding the intersections of dysfunctions


[07:24 – 19:50] Looking Beyond Oral Health – Implications to Overall Health

  • Importance of swallowing in relation to oral health
    • SLPs, nurses, and physicians are the key persons for support in helping people feel more confident to include oral healthcare into their practice.
      • Interest in dental care prompts interprofessional connections
  • Experiencing clinical practice in both America and Canada
    • A major difference is billing – America’s healthcare system is confusing.
    • Seeing a dentist in America and Canada is similar – both systems are private.
  • Patient outcomes in oral health
    • Poor oral health outcomes may not be as obvious.
      • Issues with eating
    • Look beyond just the mouth and consider the impact of oral health to overall health.


[19:51 – 17:29] Final Thoughts

  • We are launching our new book – Oral Health and Aging!
  • Connect with Dr. Christie Hogue – leave a review and comment (links below)

Key Quotes:

“Individuals who have dysphagia or swallowing impairment may go on to develop aspiration pneumonia.” –  Rebecca H. Affoo

“It [oral care] doesn’t stop at the mouth, we have to remember that it also includes a person’s ability to nourish themselves and to maintain their health, as well as to eat and drink without potentially developing aspiration pneumonia.” – Rebecca H. Affoo

“I think that the outcomes associated with poor oral health may not be as obvious as one may think.” – Rebecca H. Affoo


Oral Health and Aging


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