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Do You Still Need Antibiotics Before Your Dentistry? Keeping Charlottesville Smiles Healthy with Dr. Jack Kayton

added on: August 9, 2012

It used to be that if you were a heart patient, protocol indicated that you always needed a course of antibiotics before your dental treatments – even before a cleaning. That added up to quite a lot of antibiotic use.

New studies are showing that the risks of taking preventive antibiotics may seriously outweigh the benefits. Over-prescription of antibiotics has led to the development of resistant bacteria, so fewer doctors are suggesting or prescribing antibiotics than ever before. Side effects such as stomach upsets are another reason to reduce the prescription of antibiotics, especially for prophylactic use.

This does not mean that you should limit your regular hygiene routine. In fact, if you take care of your oral health at home with good hygiene and make sure to see us for regular cleaning, the bacteria present in your mouth should be minimal, reducing your risk during other dental procedures.

It is still important to check with your family physician if you are a heart patient and have been prescribed antibiotics in the past, especially if you have a history of infectious endocarditis, a cardiac transplant or artificial heart valves. And remember, keeping your gums healthy and free of infection is good for your heart too!

For more information about oral hygiene and heart health, call my Charlottesville dental office at 434.977.3939.

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