Study: Patients with heart conditions may not need to pre-medicate before dental procedures
Since the 1950’s, the American Heart Association has recommended that most people with heart conditions take antibiotics before dental treatments including dental visits, extractions and gum surgery.
It was believed that patients who pre-medicated reduced their risk of exposure to a harmful bacteria that live in the mouth, which may lead to a serious infection of the heart’s lining called endocarditis.
However, it has recently been determined that there is no scientific evidence that antibiotics prevent endocarditits. In fact, many professionals say the risks of taking antibiotics outweigh the benefits for most patients.
As a result, the AHA now recommends that only patients who have an artificial heart valve, have previously had endocarditis, had a transplant, developed a heart valve problem, or have heart abnormalities, can benefit from taking antibiotics before a dental procedure.
Those who don’t need to take antibiotics include patients with a heart murmur, rheumatic heart disease, calcified aortic stenosis, bicuspid valve disease, congenital heart conditions such as ventricular septal defect, atrial septal defect and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and those who have had valve repair without prosthetic material.
Dr. Greg Rubin of the Calabasas Dental Institute welcomes AHA’s recommendation because he believes too many patients rely on unnecessary medications.
“In my 30 years of practicing dentistry, I’ve seen many instances where patients develop resistance to antibiotics prescribed by other doctors, making it difficult to fight any potential infection with similar antibiotics,”
Dr. Greg Rubin recommends that anyone with questions call or email his office with their concerns and one of his colleagues will personally respond in a timely manner.
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