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Prim Dent Care. 2010 Jan;17(1):21-5. doi: 10.1308/135576110790307690.

Dental health and management for children with congenital heart disease.

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Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin 12, Republic of Ireland. kirsten.fitzgerald@olchc.ie

Abstract

Congenital heart disease (CHD) is one of the most common developmental anomalies. Children with CHD are at increased risk of developing oral disease, and are at increased risk from the systemic effects of oral disease. Recent changes in guidelines related to prophylaxis against infective endocarditis have highlighted the importance of establishing and maintaining oral health for this group of patients. The management of children with CHD can be complex and, unfortunately, many of these children do not receive the care they require. The challenges that these children pose are discussed, and suggestions are made for the appropriate management of these patients and the key role that all those working in primary dental care have to play.

PMID:
20067687
DOI:
10.1308/135576110790307690
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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