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Letters Epidemic of dental abscesses?

Dental abscesses have increased most among poorer people

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 12 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1323
  1. David R Moles, senior clinical lecturer in health services research
  1. 1UCL Eastman Dental Institute, London WC1X 8LD
  1. d.moles{at}

Thomas et al analysed aggregate data on drainage of abscess of alveolus of tooth from the hospital episode statistics (HES) website.1 I analysed the individual episode records for the same procedure (OPCS4.2 code F16.1), using data obtained as an extract from HES from 1 April 1997 to 30 March 2006. Using individual episode data permits a greater degree of resolution, particularly when combined with other relevant …

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