Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Dentistry: An Update

Expiry Date
: 30/11/2025
CPD Units
: 3.00 Points
: 2/4

A review of the antibiotic prophylaxis protocol administered prior to invasive dental procedures to patients at risk of developing infective endocarditis.

Keywords: Infective endocarditis, antibiotic prophylaxis, invasive dental treatment, heart surgery

Reading material:

Educational Objectives

Educational Aim:
The aim of this article is to understand the need for antibiotic prophylaxis prior to invasive dental treatment in patients who are at risk of developing infective endocarditis, as well recommended dosages. The practitioner will also learn when to time dental treatment in patients preparing to undergo heart surgery.

Educational Outcomes:
Upon completion of this module practitioners should have a clear understanding of:

  1. What dental procedures are considered to be invasive

  2. What the various governing associations and organisations recommend
  3. Which antibiotics are advised, the dose and route thereof
  4. When to time dental treatment in relation to cardiac surgery.

Instructions for this Module

  • Read the supplied reading material and complete the quiz that follows;
  • You have three attempts to pass the quiz;
  • The pass grade is 70%;
  • You need to pass the quiz to claim your CPD certificate;
  • Please click on the CPD certificate link below to claim your CPD certificate and to update your CPD Manager.

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