After I had a hip replacement, I was told by O/S that if I had any dental work done including clean & scale to make sure to have antibiotics prior.
So the dentist orders me a script and I usually have a mega dose 1 hr prior to my appointment.
Now as I have just recieved a reminder to see the dentiast I thought to ask the Spinal surgeon about this and he agreed that it would be good to do for the hardware in the back as well.
The reason being is that different parts of our bodies are linked up so an infection in the tooth or gum can become a serious problem for other parts of our bodies. I sure would be cheesed off if I had a dental problem and the hardware in my back got an infection. :''(
I know that heart patients too also have antibiotics pre dental treatment.
Just thought I would share that.