Study: Dental drugs not effective on some dangerous bacteria

October 06, 2017 06:46 PM

Taking antibiotics before a dental procedure is supposed to help prevent infection. However, a new study finds the drugs aren't standing up to a particularly dangerous bacteria.

Researchers at the Minnesota Department of Health tracked patients diagnosed with C. diff., a serious, even life-threatening gastrointestinal infection.

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Fifteen percent were given antibiotics before a dental procedure. However, one-third of those patients’ medical charts had no mention of the prescription.

Experts say doctors should ask patients about medications taken for dental reasons, to help prevent the overuse of antibiotics.

Experts say C. diff. can develop after just one dose of antibiotics. It's described as one of the top three drug-resistant threats identified by the Centers for Disease Control.


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