Antibiotic Prophylaxis For Dental Procedures: Factors To Consider

The use of antibiotics before dental procedures is a preventive medical measure used to reduce the risk of endocarditis or infection of the prosthetic joint. Most dental procedures are invasive, which means that some of the germs found in the mouth can find their way into the bloodstream and infect other parts of the body. Therefore, when antibiotics are administered before a procedure, the risks for infection are reduced. However, current studies in dentistry have challenged the effectiveness of the intervention in reducing infections on the basis that it can cause adverse drug reaction or promote resistance to antibiotics.