The patient population in my practice is aging, which means I need to pay even more attention to medical history reviews and drug interactions, as well as be more aware of updated medical information. It is very difficult for dentists to stay updated on new medications and treatment protocols for medical conditions, but I’ve found an incredible resource to ensure I do: “The Ultimate Cheat Sheets” by Dr. Leslie Fang and Tracey Menhall.
This quick reference guide bridges dentistry and medicine. It is written in an easy to follow order, from reviewing common drugs physicians prescribe to going over antibiotics use in dentistry. I’ve used it to review cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, respiratory and lung diseases as well as kidney disease. The guide covers the ever changing protocols on anticoagulants and how dentists need to be aware of bleeding times and the new drugs patients are taking. It also goes over osteonecrosis medications for women and post cancer treatment patients.
The pages on pediatric dosing are a must have! The guide also goes over the 12 drugs dentists prescribe 90% of the time, how the drugs are supplied and the conversion chart from kilograms to pounds. The nursing and pregnant mother guide offers a great refresher for my hygienists and other team members who are always getting questions from patients.
“The Ultimate Cheat Sheets” has helped me take better care of my patients, stay updated on current medial protocols and train my team members. It never leaves my desk!
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