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    My mother-in-law had knee replacement surgery two years ago. Her doctor (?) now prescribes a 4-day course of antibiotics prior to a dental cleaning. Does this sound right? How can I find out?

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    I'm definitely no expert, but I know I've heard that before. Dental cleanings, especially extensive ones, release a whole lot of crap into your system.

    Hoping someone has more info...
    Durp.

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    • #3
      I have a friend with some heart problems, and even though he's meticulous about dental health, his dentist gives him a few days worth of antibiotics for his cleanings.

      Anecdotal, but it's the best I've got.
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      • #4
        Everybody I am acquainted with who has had a joint replacement has antibiotics prescribed before any kind of dental or surgical procedure.

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        • #5
          Yes, that's the practice standard.

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          • #6
            My father has had two heart valve replacements and the dentist won't even touch his mouth if he hasn't taken the antibiotics.

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            • #7
              the question to ask is what type of antibiotic?

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              • #8
                Antibiotics before dental cleaning? I've never heard about this. Can someone clue me in?

                Now I'm second guessing going for a simple cleaning...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Bosnic View Post
                  Antibiotics before dental cleaning? I've never heard about this. Can someone clue me in?

                  Now I'm second guessing going for a simple cleaning...
                  Did you read the thread? Antibiotics for dental if you've had a joint replacement.

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                  • #10
                    dental cleaning opens up "routes" for bacteria to enter the blood stream directly, which can travel to the heart or joints and cause a infection. I guess it was not uncommon to see heart valve infections following dental cleaning not that many years ago.

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                    • #11
                      I have a mitral valve prolapse and they used to give me antibiotics prior to cleaning but the latest (as of several years now)American Heart Assoc recommendations are to not prescribe them for at least my issue.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Lynna View Post
                        Did you read the thread? Antibiotics for dental if you've had a joint replacement.
                        No need to be rude. I did read the thread. And stating that it's only a concern for people with a joint replacement is wrong in my opinion.

                        I wanted to know why dental cleanings were such a burden on your immune system, that caused some to need antibiotics.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Bosnic View Post
                          No need to be rude. I did read the thread. And stating that it's only a concern for people with a joint replacement is wrong in my opinion.

                          I wanted to know why dental cleanings were such a burden on your immune system, that caused some to need antibiotics.
                          The original question was whether it was standard practice to prescribe antibiotics for dental work after someone had had a joint replacement. The answer was yes. There was nothing brought up about it being standard practice for everyone. That is why I asked if you has read the thread. Period

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                          • #14
                            Lynna, why so confrontational? No need for that level of rudeness in response to a simple question.

                            Bosnic, roodz answered your question:
                            Originally posted by roodz View Post
                            dental cleaning opens up "routes" for bacteria to enter the blood stream directly, which can travel to the heart or joints and cause a infection. I guess it was not uncommon to see heart valve infections following dental cleaning not that many years ago.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Lynna View Post
                              The original question was whether it was standard practice to prescribe antibiotics for dental work after someone had had a joint replacement. The answer was yes. There was nothing brought up about it being standard practice for everyone. That is why I asked if you has read the thread. Period
                              You're under the assumption that people with a knee replacement receive some sort of genetic mutation that makes them different than everyone else.

                              The pathways are identical, dental work is a burden on your immune system FOR EVERYONE. Stop trying to prevent people from learning, and take a step back.

                              @roodz Thank you.

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