Recent Changes in Preventative Antibiotics before Dental Visits
In the past, it was recommended that patients with artificial joint replacements take an antibiotic before having any preventative or restorative dental care performed. As of January 1, 2016, the ADA changed the protocol. The reason in the past for doing so was the concern of a patient contracting bacteremia. Bacteremia is when bacteria enters the bloodstream from the mouth and travels throughout the body; it was thought previously that it would lead to infection around the prosthetic joints. In most recent studies have shown there is not any need for continuing with this protocol due to there isn’t any real risk of infection. The most recent research has shown there is no evidence that a link ever existed to lead back to dental procedures causing any issues with the artificial joints:
“Antibiotic Prophylaxis Prior to Dental Procedures. (n.d.). Retrieved April 19, 2016, from http://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/antibiotic-prophylaxis”.
However strong research did show the potential risks of overuse of antibiotics and that it can lead to antibiotic resistance, therefore, making any infections including joint infections harder to treat. Maintaining good oral hygiene will actually help protect you from infections. Your immune system is able to fight infections when you have fewer threats to deal with. So keeping the bacterial load low by getting regular cleanings will decrease your risk of infections. Make sure you get your regular dental cleaning and treat any dental infections you may have to help protect yourself against any infections. Let us help you maintain good overall health, please call (859) 441-3120 for an appointment today.