There are times that our team may recommend taking antibiotics before receiving certain dental procedures. This is because the bacteria from our mouths can often enter our blood stream during normal oral hygiene activities like brushing or flossing. This is not a problem for most patients, but for those with a suppressed immune system or a heart condition, this could cause a potentially dangerous infection.
Antibiotic prophylaxis is usually recommended for people with specific heart conditions. You may need this treatment if you have:
- Artificial heart valves
- A heart transplant
- A history of infection in the heart, known as infection endocarditis
- Heart conditions that have been present since birth, including:
- Heart defects repaired with prosthetic material or a device, especially during the six months after repair
- Unrepaired congenital heart disease
- A repaired heart defect, but with a residual defect remaining
If you suffer with any of these conditions, we encourage you to speak with our dentist, Dr. Leslie Richmond so he can provide antibiotic prophylaxis if needed. If you are unsure about whether you qualify for this treatment, we again invite you to speak with our team to learn more.
Please call Shore Drive Dental today at 757-460-1939 to schedule an appointment with us and learn more about antibiotic prophylaxis in Virginia Beach, Virginia!