- Heart Conditions
Dental Care for Patients with Heart Conditions.
If you have a heart condition, taking good care of your teeth and gums is important not only for your smile, but for your heart as well. Certain heart conditions and cardiac abnormalities can present risks during dental treatment. During certain dental treatment, even teeth cleaning, bleeding can occur. As a result, bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and work its way to the heart. The bacteria may cause bacterial endocarditis. Therefore, you may be required to take antibiotic medication before dental treatment to protect your heart and help prevent infection. To determine whether an existing heart condition poses a risk, we need your complete health history, including and medications you are taking, on our medical history form. If your health status has changed since your last visit, let us know. We want to help keep you healthy. Don't hesitate to talk to us or your physician about your heart condition and the medication prescribed to protect your heart and keep you smiling. Regardless of your heart condition, it's important to maintain your oral health. Brush twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste, clean between your teeth daily with dental floss or an interdental cleaner and schedule regular dental visits.