Category: Pharmacology

Diabetes and Oral Health

Diabetes is the seventh most common cause of death in the United States, accounting for more than 87,000 deaths in 2019¹. Unfortunately, diabetes isn’t quite understood by the general population, and many individuals fail to recognize the gravity of the disease on their health.… Continue Reading “Diabetes and Oral Health”

Infective Endocarditis: Behind the Conditions

The guidelines for when to premedicate with antibiotics have been laid out and can be found on the American Dental Association’s website7. This post will cover some information on each condition that premedication is called upon for IE. We know that prophylactic premedication for… Continue Reading “Infective Endocarditis: Behind the Conditions”

Bisphosphonate Basics for the General Dentist

Osteonecrosis of the jaw sounds terrifying. Terrifying for the patient and potentially terrifying for the practitioner who is not prepared for it. We have known that bisphosphonates can cause necrosis of the jaws since the early 2000’s1. We also have an idea how these… Continue Reading “Bisphosphonate Basics for the General Dentist”

The Pain Problem

Opioids In 2017 alone, almost 17,000 people died from opioid overdose. Dentists are the second leading prescriber of opioids 2 Time to look for a better option then opioid pain killers Patients in pain have been conditioned to receiving opioids, asking for prescriptions “Doc,… Continue Reading “The Pain Problem”

Top Ten Drugs Prescribed – #3 Amlodipine

What is amlodipine? Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker, meaning it reduces the calcium influx into vascular smooth muscle cells. This causes a cascade of factors such as: Selective vasodialation A decrease in peripheral vascular resistance and blood pressure A decrease in coronary vascular… Continue Reading “Top Ten Drugs Prescribed – #3 Amlodipine”

Pharmacology Post: Warfarin

Also known as Coumadin, warfarin is a prothrombin synthesis inhibitor that can be used as a preventive or to treat various conditions. Warfarin is an anticoagulant, and the major adverse effect of anticoagulants is excessive bleeding. This is especially important for dental treatments that… Continue Reading “Pharmacology Post: Warfarin”