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A 51-year-old male asked:

Can a dentist who is a carrier of mrsa safely treat a patient that has risk of infectious endocarditis from certain dental procedures due to mitral valve repair with annuloplasty ring that takes 3gms amoxcillin for tooth extraction ?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes: At least in the US all dentists use universal precautions that protect themselves & the patient from chance exposure to germs of any sort. The idea of MRSA carrier is something of a myth. MRSA is readily found in the environment in general & accounts for 70% of outpatient boils treated by docs. You are exposed to it every day several time whether you are aware or not.
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