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 Dental Care May Benefit Patients 
Scheduled for Cancer Surgery

Preoperative oral care by a dentist may help reduce postoperative complications in patients who undergo cancer surgery, according to a new British Journal of Surgery study. Of 509,179 patients studied, 16% received preoperative oral care from a dentist. When a surgeon requested that a dentist provide preoperative oral care to a patient with cancer, the dentist checked the patient’s oral condition, provided professional tooth cleaning, taught the patient self-cleaning methods for the teeth, and provided any treatment needed.

In the study, 15,724 patients (3.09%) developed postoperative pneumonia and 1734 (0.34%) died within 30 days of surgery. After adjustments, preoperative oral care by a dentist was linked with a decrease in postoperative pneumonia (3.28% versus 3.76%) and death within 30 days (0.30% versus 0.42%).The findings could help improve strategies for the prevention of postoperative complications.



Prof. Maj.Gen. M.Aslam Pro VC NUMS and Col Alamgir Khan hosted a dinner on August 15th at
Golf Club Rawalpindi. Picture taken on the occasion shows from (L to R) Dr. Masood Jawaid
Associate Editor Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, Prof. M.Ayub Editor Pakistan Journal
of Physiology, Mr.Shaukat Ali Jawaid Chief Editor Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences,
Prof. Maj.Gen. M. Aslam, Prof.Ahmad
Baddar from Saudi Arabia and Col. Alamgir Khan.

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