Infective endocarditis (IE), also referred to as bacterial endocarditis (BE), is an infection caused
by certain bacteria that enter the bloodstream and settle in the heart lining, a heart valve or a
blood vessel. Infective endocarditis is uncommon, but people with some heart conditions have a
higher risk of developing it.
Describe changes in guidelines for dental management of the client with a total joint replacement.
Describe changes in guidelines for dental management of the client with heart valve issues requiring antibiotic prophylaxis.
Identify the best evidence studying the effectiveness of antibiotic prophylaxis before dental treatment to prevent prosthetic joint infection and CA-Infective Endocarditis.
Identify potential adverse effects from taking antibiotics indiscriminately.
Review the recent ADA position statement and systematic review 2017) regarding the use of antibiotic prophylaxis before dental procedures for individuals with a prosthetic joint or heart condition.