Recent Changes in Preventative Antibiotics before Dental Visits
In the past, it was recommended that patients with artificial joint replacements take an antibiotic before having any preventative or restorative dental care performed. As of January 1, 2016, the ADA changed the protocol. The reason in the past for doing so was the concern of a patient contracting bacteremia. Bacteremia is when bacteria enters the bloodstream from the mouth and travels throughout the body; it was thought previously that it would lead to infection around the prosthetic joints. In most recent studies have shown there is not any need for continuing with this protocol due to there isn’t any real risk of infection. The most recent research has shown ...