Infective endocarditis is a serious and life-threatening disease associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Despite the fact that noteworthy progress has been made in improving the prognosis the mortality from infective endocarditis remains significant with an in-hospital rate of 20-30%.
In pathogenesis, there are two critical moments for infective endocarditis development. Firstly, the presence of injured or inflamed endocardium which serves as a substrate for bacterial adhesion and secondly, bacteremia which is the initiating factor for infective endocarditis occurring after irritation or tissue damage resulting in a portal of entry for bacteria to access the bloodstream. Unfortunately, bacteremia is not uncommon event and may even be initiated by everyday routine activities such as tooth brushing and chewing.
The prominent role of oral bacteria in the development of endocarditis, which enter the bloodstream as part of routine daily activities but especially during certain dental procedures has been subject of debate for decades. Undoubtedly, the prevention of infective endocarditis is of immense importance to be considered by dental practitioners. However, what is the fact nowadays is that dentists are facing with different guidelines and recommendations published by professional societies and reputable associations which greatly vary from country to country.
The aim of the lecture is to compare various recommendations proposed by respectable associations and point out advantageous and disadvantageous of it in accordance with evidence-based data.
Participants will be given contemporary update of information related to dental procedures which require antibiotic prophylaxis, antibiotic prophylaxis regimens, which medical conditions require mandatory prophylaxis and how to act in specific situations requiring antibiotic prophylaxis.
Tribune Group GmbH is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Tribune Group designates this activity for 1 continuing education credits.
This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between Tribune Group GmbH and Dental Tribune International GmbH.
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