Archive for 'Medication' Category

The Mouth’s Natural Antibiotics

Medication

07/17/2015
It’s sometimes said that the mouth is one of the dirtiest (i.e. most bacteria-laden) parts of the body. So why do wounds in the mouth tend to heal so quickly — and how do they stay free of infection? It’s a question that has intrigued Dr. Aaron Weinberg, a professor more...

Is Oral Surgery Safe When Taking Blood Thinning Medications?

Medication

02/05/2010
Blood-thinning medication is prescribed for a variety of medical conditions as an anti-coagulant—as the name implies—to stop blood from clotting. They are typically prescribed for individuals with atrial fibrillation (the heart's two upper chambers “fibrillate” or beat out of rhythm), deep venous thrombosis (clotting in the deep veins), and pulmonary more...

Does Arnica Really Help Healing after Oral Surgery?

Medication

02/05/2010
Herbal or homeopathic remedies and other forms of integrative medicine (holistic medicine; new ways to treat the mind, body, and spirit—all at the same time) continue to grow in popularity; however, it is critical that you consult your physician and/or dentist prior to taking them to ensure they will be more...

Tetracycline Staining—What Can I Do about It?

Common Symptoms, Medication

02/05/2010
Many adults today suffer from the embarrassment of discolored or stained teeth due to the fact they were given the antibiotic, Tetracycline, as a child. While the damage from Tetracycline is not reversible as the staining becomes part of the structure of the teeth, the good news is that your more...

What You Should Know about Your Blood Pressure Medication

Medication

02/04/2010
Some blood pressure medications from a family of drugs called Calcium Channel Blockers (CCBs) are used to control blood pressure and some heart conditions; however, they can also cause gingival hyperplasia (gum overgrowth). And your risks for gum overgrowth increases even more when you have poor oral hygiene. The good more...

Warning for Surgery Patients Taking Fosamax

Medication

01/30/2010
If you are scheduling an upcoming surgical procedure, be sure that all of the healthcare professionals involved are aware of any prescription medications, over-the-counter (OTC) medications and even herbs or home remedies that you are currently taking. This is especially true if you are taking the prescription Fosamax® (alendronate) or more...

When Antibiotics Are Needed Prior to Dental Visits

Medication

01/30/2010
New guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Dental Association (ADA) now state that taking prophylactic (preventive) antibiotics may not be necessary for most people and in fact, might cause more harm than good. Patients who may have taken antibiotics in the past but may no longer more...