Heart Disease and Oral Health

Did you know that people with heart disease are more susceptible to having an oral bacterial infection spread elsewhere in the body? If you have a heart condition, your dentist may recommend Antibiotic Prophylaxis, in which a patient takes antibiotics before certain dental procedures. The American Heart Association has listed conditions that would require a patient to take antibiotics before receiving dental care:

  • Anyone who has an artificial heart valve
  • Someone with a history of infective endocarditis
  • A patient who has had a heart transplant, in which a problem develops with one of the valves
  • Anyone who has a birth defect that has affected the heart

For more information on Antibiotic Prophylaxis, ask your dentist or visit Mouth Healthy.