Using Antibiotics Before Dental Procedures To Prevent Infection Of Heart Valves, Lining

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Dental Work and Antibiotics

American Heart Association reverses its recommendations for the prevention of infective endocarditis, an uncommon but potentially lethal infection of the endocardium, which forms the lining of the heart and heart valves.

In a dramatic reversal of 50 years of policy, the AHA committee now recommends that patients should normally not receive antibiotics before routine dental work.