Henry Bear Leaflet Dental Care for the Child with a Heart Problem
In 2011 the Dental Health Foundation amended wording for the 'Henry Bear' leaflet (for children with congenital heart disease (special needs) in line with the latest scientific evidence regarding the use of fluoridated toothpaste for children who are under two years of age and with special needs. The first edition of the leaflet was developed in conjunction with the Dental and Cardiology Departments, Our Lady's Children Hospital, Crumlin.
In Ireland about one baby in a hundred is born with congenital heart disease. These children are at risk of developing infective endocarditis, a serious infection of the heart, from bacteraemia induced by certain dental procedures and from chronic poor oral health. It is therefore extremely important that children with congenital heart disease attend a dentist from an early age for regular preventive and routine dental care. The leaflet, downloadable here, provides important information for parents and carers of children with congenital heart disease.