Lower Antibiotic use in dentistry not linked to increase in endocarditis
Individuals with congenital heart disease have a very difficult lifestyle with the disease, as it uses prosthetic heart valves or previous endocarditis that are at higher risk of infection. Sweden is one among the few countries that have removed the dental health recommendation to give prophylactic antibiotics to people at a higher risk of infection of the heart valves, so-called infective endocarditis.
Since the recommendation was removed in 2012, there has been no increase in this disease as published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. The recommendation was supplemented in 2016 with an instruction to consider prophylactic antibiotic treatment if prescribed by the patient's doctor. It is unclear how this addition has influenced the prescription of antibiotics by dentists.
Dr. Nandita Mohan
BDS, MDS( Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry)