Preventing endocarditis if you have mitral valve prolapse

If you have mitral valve prolapse (MVP), you have a higher chance of getting an infection in the heart (endocarditis). To prevent an infection, you can take simple steps such as taking care of your teeth and telling your doctors before you have dental work or surgery that you are at risk for endocarditis.

Good dental care can help lower your risk for endocarditis. Brush and floss regularly, and visit the dentist twice a year. Healthy teeth are less likely to need extensive dental work. If you wear dentures, check your gums often for sores or signs of irritation.

If you have an artificial valve, you may need to take antibiotics before you have certain dental or surgical procedures. The antibiotics help prevent an infection in your heart called endocarditis.

Last Updated: February 9, 2009

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