Endocarditis risk in use of dental irrigators

Rahn, R.; Shah, P.M.; Schäfer, V.; Grabbert, U.

Zwr 99(4): 266-270


ISSN/ISBN: 0044-166X
PMID: 2220102
Document Number: 366498
The incidence of bacteremia after application of a dental irrigator was investigated in 100 healthy volunteers. Venous blood was inoculated in routine blood culture bottles one, three and five minutes after dental irrigation. In 39 volunteers a transient bacteremia was detected, mainly Strep. Viridans was cultured. Incidence correlated with the grade of oral hygiene und periodontal disease.

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