The Gastrointestinal System and Dental Practice

  • Mark Greenwood
  • John G. Meechan
Part of the BDJ Clinician’s Guides book series (BDJCG)


  • Cervical lymph node enlargement is most commonly caused by infection. Neoplasms (local or systemic) may also be responsible.

  • Peptic ulceration (related to infection with Helicobacter pylori) is a contraindication to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Care is also needed with steroid therapy which can lead to peptic ulcer bleeding.

  • Anaemia may occur secondary to blood loss from a gastrointestinal cause.

  • Vomiting after GA may occur in some gastric disorders leading to an inhalation pneumonitis. Gastric reflux may produce dental erosion.

  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) is a symptom which should always be taken seriously.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Greenwood
    • 1
  • John G. Meechan
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Dental SciencesNewcastle University School of Dental SciencesNewcastle upon TyneUK
  2. 2.The Coach HouseStocksfieldUK

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