To Premed or Not to Premed?

“Premed” is the term we use when talking about patients taking premedication, also known as prophylactic antibiotics, or taking a certain amount of antibiotics an hour before a dental appointment where we may go under the gum line. Exams do not require the antibiotics in the system, but most other procedures do for the medically compromised patient. Read this then check with your doctor to see if you qualify for not needing to take the antibiotics any more!

The January 2015 JADA article recommends that patients with hip and knee replacements no longer need to take the premed. Clearly, the patient and practitioners will make a decision based on the … Read the rest