Letters Severe acute dental infections

Promoting dental health among high risk groups

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h2065 (Published 21 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2065
  1. Tom Wingfield, infectious diseases specialist trainee year 5, specialist registrar and innovation for health and development1
  1. 1Manchester, UK
  1. tomwingfield{at}hotmail.co.uk

Robertson and colleagues’ review of severe acute dental infections rightly mentions the disparities in access to dental healthcare “disproportionately affecting the poor.”1

Poverty is associated with increased oral cancers and infections. Poorer people are more likely to smoke, have higher dietary sugar intake, and delay attending dental services because of previously having had to pay. All of these factors …

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