Minnesota Dental Association Informs Heart Patients of New Dental Treatment Guidelines

Wednesday, August 15, 2007 General News J E 4
Minneapolis, Aug. 14 The Minnesota DentalAssociation wants dental patients with heart disease to know that most heartpatients will no longer need to take antibiotics before receiving dentaltreatment. New guidelines have been adopted by both the American HeartAssociation and the American Dental Association which should significantlyreduce the number of patients needing to take a course of antibiotics before adental appointment.

The new guidelines are based on scientific research showing that the risksof taking preventive antibiotics outweigh the risks for most heart patients.The new guidelines developed by the American Heart Association and adopted bythe American Dental Association recommend antibiotic treatment shortly beforea dental visit only for those heart patients at highest risk.

"This is very good news for most heart patients and should simplify dentalvisits for many seniors and others with more common heart conditions," saidPresident of the Minnesota Dental Association, Dr. Richard Wiberg, whosepractice is located in Roseville. "We want patients with heart conditions tocheck carefully to see if they no longer need to take a course of antibioticsbefore a dental cleaning or other treatment."

Heart patients who routinely took antibiotics before a dental visit in thepast but no longer need to are those with rheumatic heart disease, calcifiedaortic stenosis and mitral valve prolapse, bicuspid valve disease as well asthose with certain congenital heart conditions such as hypertrophiccardiomyopathy.

Antibiotics before a dental visit are now recommended only for those heartPatients with artificial heart valves, heart transplant patients who developcardiac valve problems, certain congenital heart disease, recipients of anartificial patch to repair a congenital defect within the past six months orpatients with a history of IE. For a complete list, go to:

The Minnesota Dental Association is the voice of dentistry in Minnesota,representing 83% of practicing dentists. It is committed to the higheststandards of oral health and access to care for all Minnesotans. You canlearn more at

SOURCE Minnesota Dental Association


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