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Poor dental hygiene ‘increases risk of heart problems’

Posted by Allie Wright

Patients who have poor dental hygiene are at an increased risk of heart problems, in information that may be included in dental practice marketing campaigns.

Research by Professor Philip Moons, professor in nursing science at the University of Leuven, Belgium and guest professor at Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark, stated teenagers who are diagnosed with congenital heart disease floss, brush and visit the dentist less than their peers.

“Patients with congenital heart disease are diagnosed and receive their initial treatment in childhood but this does not mean that they are cured,” he said, pointing out they remain vulnerable to complications developing in the future.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Federation, recently highlighted the fact that children who are from a poorer background are more likely to have problems with their oral health.

He noted it is also possible oral health standards could be passed down from generation to generation.

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