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Update on Antibiotic Prophylaxis in the Dental Office

The prescription of antibiotic prophylaxis prior to dental treatment has long been something of a controversial topic. And although not as widespread a practice as it once was, it is still necessary in patients with certain risk factors for bacterial infection.

In this episode of CDA Oasis Live, Dr. John O’Keefe, Director of Knowledge Networks CDA, invites Dr. PJ Murphy, Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC, to unpack the use of antibiotic prophylaxis in the dental office. Citing recent guidelines published by the Canadian Dental Association, Dr. Murphy addresses common clinical scenarios in the antibiotic prophylaxis debate, including cardiac conditions and patients with prosthetic joint replacements.

He also troubleshoots the management of complications at the dental office, such as patients who arrive without taking antibiotic prophylaxis, and patients who are already taking an antibiotic for another procedure.

We hope you find the conversation useful. We welcome your thoughts, questions and/or suggestions about this post and other topics. Leave a comment in the box below or send us your feedback by email.

Until next time!
CDA Oasis Team

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A Quick Update on Antibiotic Prophylaxis in the Dental Practice (PDF)

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  1. VR November 19, 2020

    Excellent and informative presentation!

    Question: I thought previous guidance said we are allowed to give the Atb prophylaxis up to a couple of hours after the appointment? Could you please clarify?

    Thanks for clarifying the communication with the physician should they be insistant on the Atb delivery!

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