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Antibiotics Overuse: What NOT to Do Before Your Next Dental Appointment…

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  • In 2007, the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Dental Association (ADA) no longer recommended the use of antibiotics in routine dental procedures
  • However, many dentists still widely prescribe antibiotics for routine dental procedures, and are simply not following the updated AHA and ADA recommendations
  • When physicians prescribe antibiotics for unnecessary conditions, it can promote the natural mutation of common bacteria, ultimately resulting in the creation of new, resistant strains
  • Antibiotic resistance has become a serious problem, causing life-threatening diseases. This article lists several types of bacteria that have become resistant to this commonly prescribed drug
  • Support your oral health with holistic dental strategies listed below

Researchers at the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand compared impacted third molar extractions in the same patient with and without antibiotic prophylaxis. Ninety-five patients were divided into two groups and served as their own control, receiving antibiotics for one surgery and placebo for the other.

No significant differences were observed between test and placebo for pain, swelling, temperature, or trismus. Post-operative infections occurred in just two percent of the 380 total extractions. Differences between the groups were not significant.

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