Prescription of antibiotics for prophylaxis to prevent bacterial endocarditis Critical Summary Prepared by: Mina Chung DDS, MS 

A Critical Summary of:

Antibiotics for the prophylaxis of bacterial endocarditis in dentistry

Oliver R, Roberts GJ, Hooper L, Worthington HV. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2008;(4):CD003813

Published Date: 3/22/2010

This summary is published in the Journal of the American Dental Association and can be accessed at :-


  • Systematic Review Conclusion:

    There is no evidence that antibiotic prophylaxis before dental procedures is effective or ineffective against bacterial endocarditis in patients already at risk of developing the disease.

  • Critical Summary Assessment:

    On the basis of evidence from one case-control study, no definite conclusion can be drawn on the usage of antibiotic prophylaxis before dental procedures.

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