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Using Antibiotic Prophylaxis with Your Denver Dentist
Antibiotic prophylaxis has been used for decades as preventative treatment for infective endocarditis or IE. IE is an infection on the endocardial surface of the heart and may include one or more heart valves. If left untreated, it can be fatal. The assumption has always been that bacteremia, resulting from dental treatment, was a significant cause of infective endocarditis. However, studies have demonstrated that dental treatment hasn’t caused any more cases since the majority of IE cases caused by microflora were most likely caused by routine daily activities. Nevertheless, it’s recommended to patients with underlying cardiac conditions associated with highest risk of adverse outcome from infective endocarditis to use antibiotic prophylaxis. The risk of adverse reactions to antibiotics outweigh the benefits of antibiotic prophylaxis for most patients and the development of a drug-resistant bacteria has also been a concern.
At Complete Dental Care, we make suggestions for taking antibiotic prophylaxis on an individual basis. We consult with a patient’s doctor regarding specific cases for the best option for preventing infective endocarditis. Our mission of Complete Dental & Denture Care is to provide you with the utmost care and respect.
Have more questions about antibiotic prophylaxis? Give us a call – we are happy to help!