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How is rheumatic fever and a heart murmur linked to dental care?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry
6 doctors agree
In brief: Premedication
The concern is the "remote" possibility that bacteria from the mouth could enter your blood steam via cut or scrape, extraction etc and colonize on the heart valves.
This can cause bacterial endocarditis. Another concern is the possibility these clusters of colonization can bread off and clot in another part of the body. Some patients need antibiotic before dental treatment. Discuss with your md.

In brief: Premedication
The concern is the "remote" possibility that bacteria from the mouth could enter your blood steam via cut or scrape, extraction etc and colonize on the heart valves.
This can cause bacterial endocarditis. Another concern is the possibility these clusters of colonization can bread off and clot in another part of the body. Some patients need antibiotic before dental treatment. Discuss with your md.
Dr. Thomas Davis
Dr. Thomas Davis
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Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Bacteria
In some invasive dental procedures, bacteria from the mouth can enter the blood stream. Patients with a heart murmur or a history of rheumatic fever could have heart valve changes that.
Could cause the accumulation of bacteria on the valve causing damage. Speak to your cardiologist and dentist to see if you are in that risk group.

In brief: Bacteria
In some invasive dental procedures, bacteria from the mouth can enter the blood stream. Patients with a heart murmur or a history of rheumatic fever could have heart valve changes that.
Could cause the accumulation of bacteria on the valve causing damage. Speak to your cardiologist and dentist to see if you are in that risk group.
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
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Dr. Emile Waked
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Bacteria
Like many procedures, dental procedures increase the amount of bacteria in the blood stream. Patients who have medical history of rheumatic fever or heart murmur are susceptible to bacteria i the blood stream, so antibiotic prophylaxis maybe required.

In brief: Bacteria
Like many procedures, dental procedures increase the amount of bacteria in the blood stream. Patients who have medical history of rheumatic fever or heart murmur are susceptible to bacteria i the blood stream, so antibiotic prophylaxis maybe required.
Dr. Emile Waked
Dr. Emile Waked
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Dr. John Francis
Dentistry - Periodontics
In brief: No link
People with those conditions used to be pre medicated with antibiotics before dental care but that is not done anymore.

In brief: No link
People with those conditions used to be pre medicated with antibiotics before dental care but that is not done anymore.
Dr. John Francis
Dr. John Francis
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