Poor Oral Health More Likely for Children With Heart Conditions

Children with heart conditions are more likely to have poor oral health and teeth in fair or poor condition than those without heart conditions, according to research published in the Feb. 11 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Karrie F. Downing, M.P.H., from the CDC in Atlanta, and colleagues compared oral health status and receipt of preventive dental care for children with and without heart conditions (2,928 and 116,826, respectively) using data from the 2016 to 2019 National Survey of Children’s Health.

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