Health policy and the dental implant practitioner
from Dental Tribune International
In 2007, when the American Heart Association changed the recommendations for antibiotic prophylaxis for routine dental care in patients with valvular heart disease, some dentists scoffed, others rejoiced. The policy change was the first of its kind since the organization began recommending prophylaxis for routine dental procedures 50 years earlier. Considering the fact that an estimated 2 percent of the U.S. population carries the diagnosis of mitral valve prolapse, a relatively benign heart-valve disorder that had, until 2007, required administration of antibiotics in advance of any dental procedure (including routine cleaning), this was indeed a noteworthy change.
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