Healthy mouth, healthy body
Emerging research is demonstrating the close relationship between oral health and general medical health.
Recently, I had a graphic illustration of the intimate relationship between dental and systemic health.
I was asked by a local cardiologist to clear a patient of dental infection prior to an aortic valve replacement.
The patient had developed symptoms of sepsis. He had a 14-year history of aortic stenosis and no other relevant medical history.
His GP referred him for investigations, including blood cultures, which