Discourage Antibiotic Prophylaxis Before Dental Work in Most Orthopedic Patients

New joint-replacement patients will ask if they should use antibiotics before dental procedures.

Some dental procedures can cause transient bacteremia...but this doesn't seem to cause more prosthetic joint infections. In fact, toothbrushing and flossing can also cause transient bacteremia.

Now there's a move to limit antibiotic prophylaxis in patients who've had a joint replacement...to help ensure judicious antibiotic use.

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