The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has just published a guideline entitled Prophylaxis against Infective Endocarditis.
The new guidance, arrived at following a comprehensive analysis and review of all published evidence, now states that antimicrobial prophylaxis is no longer considered necessary for any patients at risk of developing infective endocarditis when undergoing dental procedures.
This means that for patients that have heart murmurs, antibiotics are no longer necessary. However I fully understand if those patients who have taken antibiotics in the past want to continue. Dr Suri will be more than happy to discuss this with you when you attend the practice again.
The only cases that antibiotic prophylaxis is still necessary are within six months of a joint replacement.