Study suggests an increasing number of Americans are being hospitalised with periapical abscesses


Periapical abscess is sequelae of the death of the dental pulp often as a result of dental caries or trauma.  It is normally managed in dental practice with root canal treatment or extraction. However, if left untreated it can lead in some circumstances lead to the destruction of bone and the spread of infection to [read the full story…]

Hospitalization and oral health


We  originally highlighted this review by Terezakis E  et al  at the end of last year, but the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) at the University of York has just completed a more in-depth appraisal of the review. The CRD summary says:- The authors found that oral health appeared to deteriorate during hospitalisation, especially [read the full story…]

Hospitalization is associated with a deterioration in oral health

An operating theatre.

Maintaining oral health is important for hospitalised patients as it can affect quality of life and personal dignity.  The aim of this systematic review was to assess the impact of hospitalization on oral health. The authors searched Cochrane library, Medline, OldMedline, Embase and CINAHL without language restrictions for longitudinal prospective observational studies in individuals of [read the full story…]