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Why Oral Health Should Be a Primary Concern for Pediatricians
Brittany Bruggeman, MD
(January 31, 2017)
As a bright-eyed, hard-working new intern in the University of Florida Health inpatient unit, I cared for many children suffering ailments that I expected to see. Treating bronchiolitis, asthma and septic joints were all part and parcel of what it meant to me to be a pediatrician. But one recurring diagnosis surprised me: dental abscess in need of IV antibiotics.