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The War on Germs: Are We Winning? Should we be?

Homicide: bad word. It means killing another human being. Germicide? For many, good word. It promises to kill what are hated and feared most in this super-sanitary era: germs. Germ is sort of a catchall that refers to any microorganism we can't actually see. That's sort of like referring to every non-human living thing as an animal: elephants, mosquitoes, salmon, vultures. Fact is, there are only a few bad actors in the world of microorganisms, and we pretty much know who they are. Take streptococcus mutans. It's a bacteria linked with tooth decay. But wait! That's only one strain of bacteria that live in the mouth, many of which are helpful. Saliva alone contains roughly a trillion bacteria. Humans couldn't [...]

By |2021-10-20T19:31:54+00:00December 28th, 2021|Patient Education|Comments Off on The War on Germs: Are We Winning? Should we be?

All About Antibiotics

Because we're concerned about more than your teeth… If you're a woman taking oral contraceptives, it's understandable that you might not wish to mention this prior to a dental procedure. But it's truly important that we know, and here's why: Your dental procedure may include an antibiotic prescription to fight the bacterial infection. It's known that some broad-spectrum antibiotics can reduce the effectiveness of a birth control pill, increasing the chance of pregnancy. Antibiotics are wonderful weapons against infection, but they have their limitations. A few valuable suggestions: If you start, don't stop. Whether you're prescribed an antibiotic by us or your physician, don't stop taking them just because you "feel better.” There's a chance the most resistant bacteria will [...]

By |2021-02-20T17:26:28+00:00May 11th, 2021|Patient Education|Comments Off on All About Antibiotics

Heart Disease and Dental Care

Do Heart Disease Patients Need Antibiotics Before Dental Care? For some heart disease patients, antibiotics are essential to take before any dental care, even regular preventative cleanings. These individuals may include those who have had rheumatic fever, heart murmur, heart valve replacement, or orthopedic joint replacement. Often, these patients are at an elevated risk for developing the condition called infectious endocarditis. So, the American Dental Association recommends they take a "pre-med" before undergoing dental work. Here's why: During even the most routine dental procedures, bacteria that usually inhabit the mouth can make it into the bloodstream. When that happens (and bacteria travels to the heart) it may further aggravate the existing heart disease or underlying condition. Instead of allowing this [...]

By |2019-11-16T19:29:31+00:00January 21st, 2020|Patient Education|Comments Off on Heart Disease and Dental Care