Infective endocarditis is an inflammation of the heart that can damage the valves, muscle, or lining of the heart.
Protecting Your Health
Infective endocarditis is caused by bacteria that enter the bloodstream; common dental procedures — such as a routine teeth cleaning — can cause bleeding that allows these bacteria to enter your bloodstream. For most patients, these bacteria are harmless, but at Smiles by Holsinger & Higgins, we need to take special precautions to protect you if you have a medical history that includes:
- A heart birth defect
- Prolapsed heart valve
- Rheumatic fever
- Heart surgery
Some other medical conditions may also require us to protect you against infective endocarditis, so make sure to keep us up-to-date on your medical history. Be prescribing an appropriate prophylactic antibiotic, we can avoid the risks of endocarditis.
If you have any drug allergies or questions about our procedures, please let us know. We want to protect you and keep your teeth healthy.
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