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kusumo_ads01Antibiotics and Your Heart

For decades, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommended that patients with certain heart conditions take antibiotics shortly before dental treatment. This was done with the belief that antibiotics would prevent infective endocarditis (IE), previously referred to as bacterial endocarditis. IE is an infection of the heart’s inner lining or valves, which results when bacteria enter the bloodstream and travel to the heart. Bacteria are normally found on the skin and in the mouth.

The AHA’s latest guidelines were published in its scientific journal, Circulation, in April 2007 and there is good news: the AHA recommends that most of these patients no longer need short-term antibiotics as a preventive measure before their dental treatment. Read on for more information.

 

FDA Issues Toothpaste Alert

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on June 1 issued a warning to consumers to avoid using tubes of toothpaste labeled as made in China. The agency issued an import alert to prevent toothpaste containing the poisonous chemical diethylene glycol (DEG) from entering the country. DEG is used in antifreeze and as a solvent. For a list of toothpaste brands included in the alert, see the FDA press release.

None of the toothpaste brands in the alert have received the ADA Seal of Acceptance. The ADA Seal of Acceptance helps consumers make informed decisions about safe and effective products, such as toothpastes, toothbrushes and floss.

For a list of oral care products that have received the ADA Seal of Acceptance, go to:  www.ada.org

 

What’s in your medicine cabinet?

The ADA Seal of Acceptance helps consumers make informed decisions about safe and effective products, such as toothpastes, toothbrushes and floss. But there are many other types of ADA-Accepted products that can help protect your smile. Recently, the ADA’s Council on Scientific Affairs underlined the oral health benefits of ADA-Accepted products such as antimicrobial mouth rinses and toothpastes, which help prevent and reduce plaque and gingivitis, and fluoride mouth rinses, which provide extra protection against tooth decay.

The ADA’s basic oral care recommendations haven’t changed, but we want consumers to be aware of the additional oral health benefits provided by these other ADA-Accepted products.

 

 

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324 S. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont, CA 91711

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