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After reading that at one time it was recommended that anyone who had a TKR should be covered on antibiotics for life when having hygienist work on their mouths or more invasive dental work, but then this wasn't recommended anymore because the overuse of antibiotics became such a problem, and then someone recommended antibiotics for the first three months after knee replacement because there was more blood flow to the knee in that period, it got me wondering. Firstly, we're not really told the importance of dental hygiene especially if we have TKR. Having said that, it seems that it's not the bugs found in the mouth that seem to cause most knee infections! So why were antibiotics being used at all? IF someone was inclined to get bleeding when going to the dentist, then I wondered if it was worth them using something like the stronger corsodyl for a few days before going to the dentist to reduce any risk.
It's one of these things with conflicting advice over the years, just like everything else!
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