A team from McGill University has discovered that people who take the most common anti-depressants are twice as likely to have dental implants fail than those who are not using them. Anti-depressants have been linked to an increased risk of bone fracture and reduced bone formation. The negative effect of anti-depressants on dental implants was almost equal to that of smoking. Recent research shows vulnerable patients in the ICU who received enhanced oral care from a dentist were at a significantly less risk (56% less) of developing a lower respiratory tract infection during their stay at the hospital. Researchers note that enhanced dental treatment, including oral anti-sepsis routinely used in ICU's, could be more effective in reducing the oral bacteria and help prevent migration of the bacteria into the lungs.
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