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What Can a Surgeon Do to Prevent Opioid Abuse

An interesting article titled “The Surgeon’s Roles in Stemming the Prescription Opioid Abuse Epidemic” written by James Hupp appears in the 2016 Journal of Oral and Maxilofacial Surgery (vol. 74, pp. 1291-1293). The article describes the current challenges oral and maxilofacial surgeons are facing when it comes to prescribing opioids. This is because regulators and politicians are getting involved due to their perception of an opioid abuse problem. He mentions that Congress is considering legislation to address prescription drug addiction problems. The author wants surgeons to remember that there are legitimate reasons for giving patients who have had oral surgery such as wisdom tooth extractions an opioid medication.  Pain that interferes with a patient’s usual routines, their ability to consume enough fluids and calories, or their ability to sleep often requires a narcotic until the pain subsidizes. As such these patients should be prescribed opioids and surgeons ability to do so should not be taken away. Even so the author encourages surgeons to raise one’s threshold for using very potent narcotics, and potentially limit the number of doses prescribed to patients. In the article the author says “First, there is more and more data showing that many patients receive more potent and more doses of opioid medications than they need […]

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Can Playing Baseball in Youth Lead to Better Surgeons?

An interesting article by Thomas Dodson titled “Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, I Learned Playing Baseball” appears in the 2016 Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (vol. 74, pp. 1709-1710). In the article the author tries to tie in how the game of baseball can teach oral and maxillofacial surgeons much of what they need to know. The author opens by talking about how he is saddened by the lost of Dr. William Harrison Bell who was a prominent surgeon in the field. He then explains that himself and the doctor who passed were both very big into baseball as youths. Dr. Dodson played first base in college and Dr. Bell was a minor league player. Dr. Dodson said that all the doctors he has worked with at various institutions all have been enthusiastic about baseball. He wonders if there is something that causes oral and maxillofacial to like baseball. The author says “While baseball may seem to the unindoctrinated to be a bunch of players randomly chasing a ball, in fact, the flight of a hit is remarkably predictable based on the type of pitch being thrown. Fielders know exactly where to stand and how to execute a double-play with reflexive precision.” He […]

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Ten Tips to Prevent Tooth Decay

Below is an interesting inforgraphic that talks about ten tips to prevent tooth decay. This includes visiting your dentist regularly, brushing twice a day, brushing your tongue, using fluoride toothpaste, using mouthwash, flossing daily, considering dental sealants, limit snacking, drinking some tap water, and eating tooth-healthy foods. This infographic is from Sydenortho see http://www.sydenortho.com/

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How Effective is Antimicrobial Prophylaxis in Oral Procedures

An interesting article titled “Effectiveness of Antimicrobial Prophylaxis in Preventing the Spread of Infection as a Result of Oral Procedures: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” appears in the 2016 Journal of Oral and Maxilofacial Surgery written by J. A. Moreno-Drada and H. A. Garcia-Perdomo (vol. 74, pp. 1313-1321). The article seeks to explore the effectiveness of prophylactic antibiotics (such as amoxicillin) for preventing localized infections of the oral cavity, neck, and thoracic cavity in patients undergoing oral procedures. Bacteremia is well known to occur after dental procedures. Severe complications as a result of infections from bacteremia have been reported. Based on expert opinions, it has been recommended that prophylaxis be given to patients at high risk before manipulation of the gingiva or periapical region of the teeth and before perforation of the oral mucosa during dental procedures. However the use of prophylactic antibiotics is controversial. In some cases this could lead to antiobiotic resistance. In the face of bacterial resistance, infections can continue to disseminate through the anatomic planes and pathways with lower resistance, leading to complications, such as Ludwig angina, thoracic empyema, septicemia, necrotizing fasciitis, cavernous sinus thrombosis, mediastinal retinitis, cerebral abscess, meningitis, and bacterial endocarditis. The study explored articles with women and men older than 18 years who underwent oral procedures and received a prophylactic antibiotic (single preoperative dose) or another intervention for the prevention of […]

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Wisdom Teeth Facts – From Symptoms & Occurrence to Extractions & Precautions

What are Third Molars? A permanent dentition typically consists of 32 teeth and third molars or wisdom teeth are the most posterior teeth present on each quadrant. They are located the farthest in a dental arch and are usually the last ones to erupt. The third molars are formed due to evolutionary factors but with modern lifestyle and eating habits, they are no longer necessary. This is why smaller jaws have inadequate space to accommodate the eruption of third molars and all they do is cause pain, infection and discomfort. When Do Wisdom Teeth Erupt & Why? Wisdom teeth usually erupt between the ages of 16 to 25 but they may also erupt at a later stage for some. According to popular belief, wisdom teeth were used by ancestors for grinding plant tissues. Since our ancestors had a huge mouth which accommodated more teeth for digesting cellulose, third molars became a part of the tooth development process. This is why most of the time wisdom teeth either remain submerged under the gum or erupt only partially. Indications of Extraction If the jaw is large enough to accommodate the eruption of third molars and if they are aligned correctly, an extraction […]

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