I get this question all the time. It is no wonder since if you have been told by your doctor or dentist that you have to take antibiotics because of a heart issue or artificial joint issue you don't want to mess around.
However, recent studies have caused a change and there are now new guidelines for patients who have heart issues and/or have had artificial joints placed. These new guidelines now do not recommend doctors to give their patient's antibiotics for a lot of reasons they used to.
Here is what the American Dental Association has to say. When in doubt, just call your doctor or dentist and we can help you.
Keeping your hygiene in tip top shape is very important so we limit the amount of bacteria that is milling around in your mouth and body. That means brushing and flossing and seeing your dentist and hygienist on a regular basis.
Dr. Ila Mankad is a general dentist in Brentwood California. She wants to teach patients the not so secret ways of achieving a healthy mouth.