ADA: Patient-centered brochure examines antibiotics in dentistry

The ADA patient education brochure Antibiotics and Dental Treatment (W307) can help to clarify who should take antibiotics before dental treatment and who should not.

In dentistry, where the long observed standard has been to prescribe antibiotics for dental patients with orthopedic implants and for those with certain heart conditions (as a precaution to ward off infective endocarditis), it's a better move, in most cases, to bypass antibiotic prophylaxis, experts say. 

The American Heart Association recommends antibiotic prophylaxis only for patients with the highest risk of developing infective endocarditis, and the ADA and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in a systematic review of the literature found no direct evidence that dental procedures cause orthopedic implant infections.

The six-panel brochure is $39 for a pack of 50. All ADA Catalog patient education products—including the Antibiotics and Dental Treatment brochure (W307)—and personalized products are available at a savings of 15 percent with promo code 13135 through Dec. 31.

Source: ADA