Bad oral health increases risks from brain surgery

IT MAY be the last thing on your mind, but a trip to the dentist before brain surgery could prevent pneumonia. Elderly people run a 20 per cent risk of developing pneumonia after major surgery, particularly if the operation is on the brain. Brain surgery weakens coughing and gag reflexes, making patients more likely to inhale bacteria from their mouth and nose. To see if oral hygiene before an operation makes a difference,
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