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When To Receive Anitibiotics Before Dental Treatment

Updated: Dec 17, 2018

If you have a heart condition or have had surgery, you carry a higher risk of infection following dental procedures. To minimize risks, your dentist might suggest you take antibiotics prior to dental work. This is known as "antibiotic prophylaxis".

Following extraction of teeth or treatment for gum disease, bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream causing "infective endocarditis" which affects the heart's valves. So extra precautions are needed before working on your smile.

You might need antibiotics if:

  • You have had any form of heart surgery including valve replacement or transplant

  • You have any heart defects or heart conditions

  • You have had any joint surgery or joint replacement

You can still enjoy a perfect smile, just make sure that you discuss your medical history before treatment.

"Talk to your dentist about whether or not you should receive antibiotics before your procedure".

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For further information or advice contact College Street Dental Centre in Petersfield, Hampshire on 01730 263180


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