Have you ever wondered why your dentist asks you if you have undergone surgery recently before they start work on your teeth? This is because some types of surgery can leave you vulnerable to bacterial infection. In these cases, taking antibiotics before surgery on your teeth necessary.
Below is a quick overview of the reasoning:
– Procedures such as drilling or tooth extraction can leave open wounds in the mouth
– Bacteria can enter your bloodstream through these wounds
– Usually, this does not harm you at all, but some types of surgery can leave you open to harm
Heart and joint surgery can leave you vulnerable to bacteria entering your blood after a procedure on your smile. Antibiotics are very effective though, so make sure to smile!
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