Week in Review: Antibiotics and endocarditis | Drug delays gum tissue healing | Oral hygiene habits in the U.S.

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

Are prophylactic antibiotics needed to prevent bacterial endocarditis in at-risk patients undergoing invasive dental procedures? The answer may surprise you. Read the details in our top story of the week.

In our Restoratives & Cosmetics Community, a medication used to treat cancer may have prevented a 58-year-old man from healing following oral surgery. This is believed to be the first reported case of delayed gum tissue healing after oral surgery secondary to the use of the targeted cancer therapy imatinib, according to a case report published in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

Also, a new law in New York allows dental hygienists to administer local infiltration anesthesia and nitrous oxide to patients while assisting dentists with dental procedures. The law is effective immediately.

In other hygiene-related news, a study recently published in the Journal of Dentistry explored which gender in the U.S. has better oral hygiene habits, including proactively visiting the dentist. Read our article to find out who comes out on top.

Finally, implant-supported crowns can be made using fully and partially digital workflows. However, the occlusal and total adjustment times of the fully digital workflow are much shorter than the partially digital workflow, according to a study in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry.

Until next time, have a relaxing weekend. Editor-in-Chief Theresa Pablos will be back next week.

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