Some dental work can cause bacteria in the mouth to enter the bloodstream and cause infections in other parts of the body. People who have a hard time fighting off infections may need to take Reference antibiotics Opens New Window before and after dental surgery. Such people include those who have artificial heart valves and those who were born with Reference heart defects Opens New Window.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: March 22, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Steven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry