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Has anyone else (take note site owners) noticed the sharp increase in posters that say C.diff is a result of a dentist visit?
As far as I know dentists autoclave their tools to sterilise them, thats the protocol to destroy HIV etc.
I read somewhere that C.diff survives this though.
Dentists give a covering course of antibiotics at the slightest sign of inflamation or a possible infection.
I wonder if dentist chairs (waiting room and surgery) are EVER sterilised.
I wonder if dental tools/chairs transfer the bug and dentists antibiotics cause the disease
Theres no handwashing facilities for a patient in a dental surgery either before or after treatment
Just thinking aloud but any other health facility has hygine precautions!
In a dentists you spit your blood down a sink, wipe your mouth with your contaminated hand and then go home!
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Roy: I saw my dentist yesterday for the first time since my bouts with cdiff. I told him about my experience, since taking the cipro he gave me for a dental infection. He was astounded, and said he had never heard of cdiff after taking abx for dental infections. Thought I would just help spread the word, and remind him to advise probiotics with his antibiotics. Interesting, though, your thoughts about the dentist office. Definitely something to think about.
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My dentist is probably in his early 60's. He was the only one who would treat me when I had osteomyletis in my jaw during my four-year old bout with C. diff. (ground my teeth from stress, broke several teeth, and an oral surgeon "screwed up" a tooth extraction.) He rebuilt my mouth which took a long time. (Prior to this, I didn't even have a cavity.) He said he studied C. diff. in dental school, but I was the first patient of his to ever have it. I saw him today, and he said C. diff. is becoming more prevalent.
He is very careful about hygiene - as are his dental assistants.
By the way, "spit" bowls were banned in most places in the US some time ago. Now they suction out your mouth with a sterile (hopefully) hose.
Many on this site have posted they developed C. diff. after a dentist prescribed clindamycin for a dental procedure. It is nasty stuff and the first antibiotic implicated in C. diff.
Always look for good hygiene at any health care facility and don't hesitate to ask about hand washing. Also ask about the side effects of a prescribed medication and is it really necessary. Then doublecheck with a pharmacist.
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I told my dentist about cdiff after reading on this site that so many folks got it after their dentist used antibiotics (usually clindamycin, as Bobbie says). My dentist said that dentists often use antibiotics when treating abscesses, but he tries to clean out the abscess first, and only uses antibiotics as a last resort. Good point, Roy! Let's educate dentists!
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My first bout of c-diff was after a dental procedure. I had an abscessed tooth & the dentist prescribed Clindamycin & sent me to an oral surgeon to have the tooth evaluated. The oral surgeon pulled the tooth & placed an implant & rx'd Zithromax "just in case". A week later, the implant failed & had to be removed, & once again I was given Clindamycin ... A couple days into that last round, the c-diff started.
Not sure if my issues were due to the sheer amount of abx prescribed or what, but it was dental issues that precipitated my bout with c-diff ...
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It was the Clindamycin (in my own humble opinion). That stuff should be taken off the market, or at least, taken out of the hands of the Dentists. They prescribe Clindamycin like it's going out of style.
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