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Patient-centered brochure examines antibiotics in dentistry

March 19, 2014

The ADA patient education brochure Antibiotics and Dental Treatment (W307) can help to clarify who should take antibiotics before dental treatment and who should not. In dentistry, where the long observed standard has been to prescribe antibiotics for dental patients with orthopedic implants and for those with certain heart conditions (as a precaution to ward off infective endocarditis), it's a better move, in most cases, to bypass antibiotic prophylaxis, experts say.  The American Heart Association recommends antibiotic prophylaxis only for patients with the highest risk of developing infective endocarditis, and the ADA and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in a systematic review of the literature found no direct evidence that dental procedures cause orthopedic implant infections.

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