Prevention of Bacterial Endocarditis in Dentistry: the New Guidline


Assistant Professor of Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, Oral and Dental Diseases Research Center, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran


The American Heart Association (AHA) has provided new guidelines for infective endocarditis prophylaxis in dentistry. In this paper, written for dentists, major changes in the updated recommendations which dentists should be aware have been discussed. These recommendations address the impact of oral hygiene and type of dental procedures on high-risk patients, risk of adverse reactions of antibiotic therapy, precise administration of antibiotics, underlying cardiac conditions and dental Procedures for which, endocarditis prophylaxis is reasonable for patients.