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Hospital stays ‘can have negative impact on oral health’


Hospital stays 'can have negative impact on oral health'Emergency dentistry patients could be interested to hear that the oral health of hospital patients has been overlooked by medical professionals, a new study has suggested.

Data collected from the UK, US, France and the Netherlands has revealed that unwell individuals are often at increased risk of developing plaque and inflammation as a result of staff shortcomings, the British Dental Health Foundation has revealed.

Based on five studies conducted between 1998 and 2009, the research discovered that patients with breathing problems are under threat of deteriorating oral health.

A decline in overall wellbeing and quality of life was also linked to the negative effect on nutritional status caused by long stays in hospital.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the BDHF, said: "The help of close family and friends during hospital stays can make a difference to this aspect of their care and wellbeing and more should be done to encourage their involvement."

This news comes after the BDHF called for increased research into the benefits of using an artificial nose to detect the early signs of oral cancer.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800603831-ADNFCR

Hospital stays ‘could increase need for emergency dentistry’


Need for emergency dentistry 'could be increased by hospital stay'Emergency dentistry could be required for people who have spent time in hospital, new research has revealed.

According to the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF), many hospitals are overlooking the wellbeing of the mouth and teeth, leading to potentially serious consequences for patients.

The study, which is due to be published in next month's Journal of Clinical Periodontology, examined hospital stays in the UK, US, France and the Netherlands between 1998 and 2009.

Plaque accumulation was one of the potential emergency dentistry issues that were found to increase during time in a medical facility.

Build-up of plaque can result in inflammation of the gums, which is not normally serious but can cause teeth to fall out in severe circumstances.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the BDHF, said: "It may be inevitable that oral care is seen as a low priority, but it is clear that more needs to be done to ensure that some of the risks are minimised."ADNFCR-2621-ID-800598063-ADNFCR

Emergency dentistry important for odontogenic tumours


Swift diagnosis of odontogenic tumours can allow appropriate emergency dentistry work to be carried out.

Patients with odontogenic tumours need a rapid diagnosis so that they can receive emergency dentistry to tackle the condition, according to a new study.

Bone Diseases of the Jaws, a review article by Pieter Johannes Slootweg of the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center department of pathology in the Netherlands, covers a variety of different ailments relating to the unique bones found in the human mouth.

On the issue of odontogenic tumours, it calls for the necessary action to be taken to ensure emergency dentistry can be performed on patients once they are diagnosed.

“It is obvious that a precise diagnosis is mandatory … to avoid delay in treatment of genuine odontogenic neoplasms,” writes Professor Slootweg.

His paper notes the unique aspects of jaw bones, in part due to the way they are formed but also because of the germs that they are exposed to due to their location in the mouth.

Professor Slootweg was formerly professor of oral pathology at the Utrecht University Medical Center from 1995, some 14 years after gaining his medical doctorate at the university’s Medical School.

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