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Antibiotics Before Dental Treatment

Your physician or dentist may recommend that you follow special steps at home before your dental visit to safeguard your health. These steps may include taking antibiotics before your appointment. Administration of an antibiotic prophylaxis before dental procedures is called premedication.

The American Heart Association with input from the American Dental Association released guidelines. These guidelines were developed by a group appointed by the AHA that included experts in infectious disease and cardiology and members representing the ADA. The guidelines were endorsed by the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.

There are two primary groups that may require premedication: Patients with heart conditions that may predispose them to infective endocarditis and patient who have prosthetic joints who may be at risk for developing hematogenous infections at the site of the prosthetic.

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