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November 26, 2012

Should Dental Care Be Delayed Because of a Recent Heart Attack?

Filed under: Uncategorized — tntadmin @ 3:19 pm

In the past, many physicians and dentists have recommended delaying needed dental treatment for up to six months because of a recent heart attack. A group of researchers from the University of Minnesota studied over 2,000 patients who suffered a recent heart attack, over 400 of whom suffered a repeat event while in the survey. The researchers found no relationship between dental treatment within 30 to 180 days after a heart attack and a repeat heart attack. Their article “Dental procedures and risk of experiencing a second vascular event in a Medicare population” was published in the November 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.

The conclusion: the traditional recommendation to delay needed dental treatment for as long as 6 months after a heart attack should be reassessed.

The article can be found at

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