Antibiotics Prior to Dental Work? Maybe Not.

Consumer Reports reported that “new guidelines call for fewer people to get antibiotics before a dental procedure.” The article noted that updated “treatment guidelines for dentists now advise antibiotics before dental procedures for only a few types of patients such as those with artificial heart valves, a history that includes a heart infection, or who were born with certain serious heart defects.” The article added that this means antibiotics are not indicated for most patients prior to dental work.

Our recommendations are always in accord with the American Dental Association, the American Heart Association, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  However, we will never supersede your physician's recommendations.  If you have any questions about whether or not you should take antibiotics prior to treatment please contact our office at 904.398.1549