Patients with Total Joint Replacements having Dental Procedures


The origin of prosthetic joint infections has been a controversial topic for dentists, physicians and patients. Confusion surrounds the risk of dental procedure-related bacteremia and the subsequent risk of patients with orthopaedic devices developing prosthetic joint infection following such bacteremia.

The Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA), the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) and the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease (AMMI) Canada have reviewed the current best available evidence on the effectiveness of dental antibiotic prophylaxis in the reduction of orthopaedic prosthetic joint infections, in the context of the issue of emerging antimicrobial resistance and the critical role of all health care providers to steward appropriate use of antimicrobial drugs.… Read more

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Where To Look?

The internet is teeming with dental information – so where to look? Whether you want to become a dentist, look after your own teeth, or teach your kids to look after theirs , a good place to start is with the Canadian Dental Association.… Read more

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Chew Gum And Lessen Tooth Decay? Xylitol.

So what is Xylitol? Xylitol is a “sugar” which is not fermented by the decay-causing bacteria in your mouth. Because it is not fermented, the pH of the plaque does not decrease (become more acidic) and enamel demineralization is prevented. The end result: the plaque bacteria do not proliferate.

Xylitol also enhances re-mineralization, while reducing the accumulation of plaque. Regular chewing of xylitol-sweetened gum has specific inhibiting effects on the growth of cariogenic bacteria (mutans streptococci).

The Xylitol must be of adequate concentration to be effective and is typically unavailable in commercial chewing gums like Trident.… Read more

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Comprehensive Dentistry.. in 10 pages

Next time you visit our office, have a look at my Patient Guide Book. It shows a “behind the scenes” look at the various stages of planning and care required to achieve predictable results.
As you’ll see, comprehensive dental care requires a coordinated multidisciplinary approach!

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Advanced Dental Implant Training

I recently completed Dr. Norman Ickert’s Dental Implant Placement Surgery Course in Seattle at the Kois Center. Dr. Ickert is a great lecturer and world-class clinician. more on implantsRead more

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