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Prescription of antibiotics for prophylaxis to prevent bacterial endocarditis

Mina Chung DDS, MS .


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.

Evidence Quality Rating

Limited Evidence

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

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These summaries are not intended to, and do not, express, imply, or summarize standards of care, but rather provide a concise reference for dentists to aid in understanding and applying evidence from the referenced systematic review in making clinically sound decisions as guided by their clinical judgment and by patient needs. American Dental Association © 2019