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Hermiston Dental Group May 2012 Newsletter
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What Is Antibiotic Prophylaxis?
Prophylaxis means prevention of disease. For some patients with heart conditions antibiotics can reduce the risk of infection in the heart prior to certain dental treatments. For people with total joint replacements, antibiotics may be recommended to avoid infection at the joint.

We work closely with the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) whose recommendations we follow. Each organization uses ongoing research and analysis and adjustments are made that reflect new information.

For instance, antibiotics don't always prevent infection and adverse reactions to antibiotics can prove to be significant. Overuse of antibiotics can result in bacteria with greater resistance. Other daily activities relating to oral health care and maintenance occur far more frequently and can also introduce bacteria to the bloodstream.

For those with heart conditions such as artificial heart valves, a history of infective endocarditis, transplant-related problems and congenital heart conditions, we may suggest antibiotics for certain dental procedures. Check with your cardiologist if you are not sure.

It was once standard practice to give prophylactic antibiotics for mitral valve prolapse, rheumatic heart disease, bicuspid valve disease or calcified aortic stenosis, but that is no longer the case.

Please be sure to tell us if you have either a heart condition or a total joint replacement. We can advise you on the need for antibiotic prophylaxis or suggest you contact your doctor for additional clarification.
Knowledge is Health
Knowing how diet affects your teeth is the gateway to greater oral health. Implement a dietary change for your teeth and you'll likely enjoy improved overall health, weight loss, and improved mood.

Change can be made in small steps. First, try reducing your family's access to sugary drinks and provide healthy alternatives (milk, vegetable juice, sparkling water). Then, replace sweet snacks with fresh fruit and vegetables and whole-grain crackers. Next, reduce the frequency of desserts and offer fresh or poached fruit instead.

Acmella Oleracea: A Rainforest Remedy
Britain's Daily Mail reports that an Amazonian plant has the potential to provide effective pain relief for uncomfortable or painful procedures that currently call for anesthesia.

Acmella oleracea, a flowering herb with analgesic qualities, can block the pain receptors found in nerve endings and has been demonstrated to relieve pain during removal of impacted teeth and during other procedures below the gum line.
At Hermiston Dental Group, your bright, healthy smile is our top priority. Please ask us any dental related question by giving us a call or clicking the "submit question" link below.



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