Total hip replacement and antibiotics

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In the most recent edition of the JADA there was an article referring to the indiscriminate use of antibiotics in patients with prosthetic joints, before dental treatments.   Results: ” A strategy of foregoing antibiotic prophylaxis before dental visits was cost-effective and resulted in lower lifetime accumulated costs ($11,909) and higher accumulated quality-adjusted life years (QALYs)…

Carbs or fat?

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Do you cut here   OR Are you considering a weight-loss program?  That can be confusing for anyone.  Some recommend fat restriction, while others recommend cutting the carbohydrates.  So which one is it?  A research team led by Dr. Kevin Hall of NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) conducted a study…

Dry socket anyone?

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  Dry socket! The most dreaded thing that most patients ask me during the consultation.  Everyone seemingly knows about dry socket.  What is dry socket?  Well, its really the inflammation of the bone in the extraction site, the bone that used to support the extracted tooth.  Typically when a tooth is extracted, a blood clot…

What’s the Medical Evidence that Supports Marijuana Use for Medical Indications?

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  In the most recent edition of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) these authors performed a review of the 79 studies that involved 6462 patients.  Conclusions: Moderate-quality evidence that cannabinoid use might benefit patients with chronic pain or muscle spasticity Low-quality evidence that marijuana use prevents nausea and vomiting secondary to cancer chemotherapy, leads to…

Women and Periodontal Health: Special Considerations

Throughout a woman’s life, she will experience hormone fluctuations, due to causes both natural and otherwise, that will affect the health of her gums. Here we have highlighted four common life events for a woman that can result in periodontal related health issues: Puberty: During the pre-teen and teen years, a girl may experience swollen,…

The Five Enemies of Tooth Enamel

It’s true: Enamel is the hardest substance in your body. However, it is not invincible! Our teeth are covered in enamel. It is the first line of defense against cavities and decay, the very substance that protects the interior, living parts of your tooth! No wonder it takes a beating! This all adds up to…

Tanning bed anyone?

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Many may not be aware….but did you know: Tanning beds are now considered a Medical device by the FDA? it carries a BLACK BOX warnings? …and should not be used by minors under 18 years? Why?  I have mothers of my underage parents asking me this! Skin cancer is the most common malignancy in the United States.…

Beards and oral cancer!

Beards can be deceiving! As you all know this month is Oral Cancer Awareness month. Thankfully one of my many great patients has volunteered himself, as a cancer patient, to highlight the importance of routine oral cancer screenings. All we know beards are now somewhat of a fashion statement…but they can sometimes also be deadly. Unfortunately…