Children are susceptible to oral infections because of their developing immune systems and recurrent exposure to infectious vectors.
The signs and symptoms of bacterial and viral oral infections in this age group are diverse and depend on the source and site of infection.
Of concern are children who have medical risk factors that predispose them to infections.1 Oral health care providers should be comfortable assessing children who present with these infections.
This manuscript provides an overview of general predisposing conditions and reviews common bacterial and viral occurrences in young patients
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Conditions Predisposing to Infections :
Several conditions predispose a child to opportunistic infections in the oral cavity. These can be broadly grouped into systemic and local factors.
Andres Pinto / Catherine Hong