Hello fellow spiney's,
A couple of months ago I posted a question about if people took antibiotics before they went to the dentist after having spinal surgery with hardware. The answers were varied and gwennie was nice enough to pm with some info on article. So after going to the dentist today and am going to have a crown done in 3 weeks, I was still on the fence somewhat about whether or not take antibiotics before my appt, since my nuerosurgeon said it is not needed, but my dentist thinks I should.
Now I know some people say, just to take antibiotics, it is no big deal, but in actuality it is. If you go to the dentist twice a year just for cleanings and take antibiotics each time you go, you are seriously compromising your body's abilitiy to fight off infection on its own,, run the risk of allergies to the antibiotic, and you could run the risk of certain bacteria becoming resistant to the antibiotics.
I went to the ADA (american dental association) website and found a link to this article. http://www.aaos.org/about/papers/advistmt/1033.asp
I thought I would share it with everyone, as it helped me to make a decision about not taking antibiotics!