Is there a scarier word in the English language than “dentist?”
Sure, some others might make for some stiff competition like taxes and reality TV. But if you ask me, the dentist still takes first prize in the fright category.
Now, if you’re like most folks when you do go in for some dental work you don’t ask too many questions. In fact, it’s usually just ONE…
“How much is it gonna hurt?”
And because we want those appointments to be quick and painless, we usually do WHATEVER the dentist orders. And that includes filling a prescription for antibiotics.
Well, my friend, it’s time to start asking some questions.
Don’t worry. It won’t hurt a bit. I promise!
But it just might SAVE you from a world of pain later on.
Because new research reveals how ONE THING many dentists do… an order nearly all of us would follow without question… not only doesn’t work.
It can be downright dangerous.
Your dentist could GIVE you an infection
Dentists are in the habit of giving out antibiotics before many common oral procedures. It’s supposed to prevent infection once you open up and say AHHH (or, more likely, OUCH).
But the new study finds you’re very likely taking those drugs for NOTHING.
The researchers found that an astounding 81 percent of all dental antibiotics are entirely unnecessary.
That’s not just run of the mill overuse. That’s ABUSE… even if it’s accidental. And that’s especially true when you consider that these drugs aren’t harmless.
Antibiotics can trigger…
- allergic reactions
- superbug germs
And the more often you use the drugs, the higher your risks rise.
The TRUTH about dental antibiotics
Dentists are in the habit of prescribing antibiotics to prevent infection, especially in high-risk patients.
And if you’re dentist has ever bothered to explain why it probably SEEMED like it made sense at the time.
Your mouth is a virtual playground for countless nasty germs. If you bleed during the procedure, those ugly bugs can slip inside your bloodstream. And once inside they can raise quite a ruckus, causing all kinds of problems.
But, in reality, it’s NOT a major risk for most people. (Making antibiotics unneeded in MOST cases too.)
Even the very mainstream American Heart Association announced that germs are far more likely to find a path into your body while brushing and flossing than during dental work. And that’s especially true if your gums bleed while you’re doing either.
Typically, only people with a high risk of infective endocarditis – an infection in the lining of the heart – REALLY need to pop precautionary antibiotics.
That would include folks with artificial heart valves, some with congenital heart conditions, and any transplant patients with a problem in a heart valve, for example.
For everyone else, you’re much more likely to face the sickening side effects of the meds than get any benefit from them.
3 questions to ask BEFORE taking an antibiotic
But dentists, just like so many other mainstream docs, clearly STILL haven’t taken the message about the dangers of antibiotic overuse to heart.
Which means it’s up to YOU to start asking questions.
The next time your dentist wants you to take a round of “just in case” antibiotics, be prepared to ask three simple questions….
- What’s my risk?
- Why do you think I need this drug?
- Is there an option to pass on it?
You might be surprised at the answers, especially how often you DO have that other option and DON’T need the meds at all.