Some people who are particularly vulnerable to infection may need to take antibiotics to protect them before a dental procedure – even a teeth cleaning. This is advised by dentists in certain circumstances. With their advice you can ensure your smile is safe!

Key Takeaways

-If you have an artificial heart valve or have had a heart transplant, antibiotics may be needed

-If you suffer from other heart defects, like congenital heart disease, antibiotics can protect you from endocarditis and other complications

-Some patients who have had previous joint replacements may also need antibiotics.

Whether you’re getting a simple teeth cleaning or getting treatment for gum disease or a tooth extraction, talk to your dentist about whether or not you should receive antibiotics before the procedure.

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Dr. Matthew Thomas BDS Wales (1996)

Dr. Thomas was born and brought up in Bridgend. He attended the University of Wales College of Medicine and Dentistry, qualified in 1996, and pursued dental VT training in LlantwitVardre 1996-97. Dr. Thomas held associate positions in Rhondda Valley. In 1999, he purchased Marlborough Dental Practice.

Dr. Thomas is interested in all aspects of dentistry including clear orthodontics (he is qualified to fit Invisalign, Inman, Six Month Smiles, Cfast, SmileTru) and dental implants.

He was a keen rugby player for local clubs in Bridgend and Cardiff Meds where he was Captain for two seasons. He also was a keen sportsperson playing county tennis, football, swimming, cycling, running, judo (until his knees fell apart and needed reconstructions!).

Now, Dr. Thomas rides his mountain bike regularly, and occasionally a road bike, plus he skis and enjoys time with his family, including two daughters and two dogs.