STEPHEN A. BERGER, M.D.; STEPHEN WEITZMAN, M.D.; STEPHEN C. EDBERG, Ph.D.; JOAN I. CASEY, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C)
Eight of 30 persons with normal-appearing gingiva developed bacteremia after using an oral irrigation device. In comparison, none of 30 persons using toothbrushes developed bacteremia. This difference is statistically significant and suggests that the use of an oral irrigation device is contraindicated in persons at risk of bacterial endocarditis.
BERGER SA, WEITZMAN S, EDBERG SC, CASEY JI. Bacteremia After the Use of an Oral Irrigation Device: A Controlled Study in Subjects with Normal-Appearing Gingiva: Comparison with Use of Toothbrush. Ann Intern Med. ;80:510–511. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-80-4-510
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;80(4):510-511.
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