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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