The teeth are not isolated from the rest of the body. People with a history of heart valve or heart transplant surgery may be at higher risk of serious infection after dental work. This can cause a condition called infective endocarditis -- infection of the heart valve.
These people should speak with their dentists before having dental work, to determine whether they need antibiotics to prevent this infection. This applies to any type of dental work, even a simple teeth cleaning.
If you are at risk, your dentist will give you a large dose of antibiotics one hour before dental treatment.
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