Antibiotic Prophylaxis Guidelines

Clinical guidelines are useful and generally beneficial for providing appropriate patient care, but they must be based on evidence. Only then can health care professionals evaluate and understand the rationale for implementing these approaches in a clinical setting. The global misuse of antibiotics has increased the incidence of microbial resistance to →

Alzheimer’s Disease and Oral Health: The Plausible Links

Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is the leading cause of dementia in the U.S. elderly population. It is a progressive dementia characterized by early short-term memory impairment. Sadly, the annual cost in the U.S. for care, lost productivity, and resource loss involving individuals with AD is approximately $100 billion. That’s a TON →

Gum Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Yet another study has come out about the oral-systemic connection, published in a dental journal, yet authored by two physicians. I can’t tell you how happy that makes me see that a physician (in this case, two!) gets involved in this area. Let me review some important elements of this →

Heart Health

Much has been written – and will continue to be written – about the connection between heart health and oral health. A large literature review was recently completed looking at a summary of evidence supporting “causal criteria” relating gum disease with atherosclerotic disease, which includes heart disease and peripheral artery disease. →

Chronic Diseases and Oral Health

Chronic diseases-such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes-are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States.  Although chronic diseases are among the most common and costly health problems, they are also among the most preventable. Adopting healthy behaviors such as eating nutritious foods, being physically active, and →

The facts about antibiotic premedication before dental procedures

Over the years, there’s been much confusion, concern, and miscommunication about the reason for taking antibiotics before a dental procedure. For one, any dental patient with any heart condition was told in the past that antibiotics would be needed prior to any dental procedure. Of course, everyone felt this was →