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Dental health in children with cancer


This study investigated the dental health of children (aged 1–14 years) diagnosed with cancer 4–36 months earlier. Sixty patients were examined and interviewed; 43% had untreated decay and only 35% had seen a dentist since their malignancy had been diagnosed. A significant source of bacterial infection is not being treated in this at risk population. The level of dental disease and lack of dental prevention indicates a need to integrate medical and dental care.

  • dental disease
  • dental treatment
  • oncology

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