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Doctor insights on: Can Streptococcus Be Caused By Unsterile Instruments From Going To The Dentist

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Streptococcus (Definition)

Is a group of bacteria that grown in long chains of cocci (round cells). They are classified in part by whether they hemolyze sheep red blood cells completely, partial or not at all. The beta (complete) hemolysis ones are further classified by their capsules and the prototype is group a streptococci, that cause strep throat and rheumatic fever. The Alpha (partial) ...Read more


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How i may ensure that my dentists instruments, tools and equipments are well sterilized for hepatitis etc. ?

How i may ensure that my dentists instruments, tools and equipments are well sterilized for hepatitis etc. ?

Trust: You are not in a position to evaluate correctly your dentist's sterilization techniques. Find a dentist that you trust and relax. Instruments that are not disposed of are soaked, placed in sterilization bags, run through a sterilizer and dated. The individual pouches have indicators on them and the sterilizer is monitored by weekly testing through on off site facility. ...Read more

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I have gingivitis. My dentist suggests scaling. Which one is better for me(i'm 21) : manual scaling or scaling with ultrasonic instrument? Thank you.

I have gingivitis. My dentist suggests scaling. Which one is better for me(i'm 21) : manual scaling or scaling with ultrasonic instrument? Thank you.

Ultrasonic vs manual: Either one can be effective or ineffective based more on the skill and diligence of the operator than on anything else. Personally i find some areas easier to scale with an ultrasonic scaler while other areas easier to use hand instruments. My dental hygienist uses both routinely. Scientific studies show no significant effective difference between the two. Some patients prefer hand instruments. ...Read more

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I'm a dentist.Can dry blood for 18hours carry HIV virus? I had a cut about 5mm with dental instrument which is probe.It bleeds a little from cut.

I'm a dentist.Can dry blood for 18hours carry HIV virus? I had a cut about 5mm with dental instrument which is probe.It bleeds a little from cut.

HIV: Although the virus makes its home in a number of bodily fluids, such as blood and semen, it is not easily communicated without direct contact between the bodily fluids of two people. The virus can live only a short time outside the human body, making it difficult to contract HIV from dried blood. ...Read more

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Dentist has scratched a mouth ulcer during check with instruments and now it us even more painful. What to do should I revisit a doctor?

Dentist has scratched a mouth ulcer during check with instruments and now it us even more painful. What to do should I revisit a doctor?

Mouth ulcer: Mouth ulcers (canker sores) normally heal on their own in 5-10 days, but will remain sore until they heal. Ask your dentist for recommendations to help alleviate the discomfort. ...Read more

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What streptococcus causes infective endocarditis?

Endocarditis: It is estimated that about 2/3 of the cases of endocarditis are caused by streptococcal bacteria. Streptococcal bacteria causing endocarditis include streptococcus viridans as well as groups a, c, and g streptococcal bacteria. ...Read more

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What kinds of damage does streptococcus pyogenes cause to the human body?

What kinds of damage does streptococcus pyogenes cause to the human body?

Strep complications: Streptococcus pyogenes, the bacterial cause of "strep throat", can invade other organ systems and cause infection in in areas around the tonsils, lymph glands in the neck, middle ear, mastoid regions, sinuses, bones, lungs (pneumonia), kidneys and liver (toxic shock syndrome). The noninfectious complications include rheumatic fever, rheumatic heart disease and acute glomerulonephritis (kidneys). ...Read more