Bowers & Oki Family Dentistry
  • What Our Patients Are Saying About Us

    "From the minute you walk in the door until you leave the office - a positive experience! Professional and hospitable. Highly recommend this practice" - L&GW

  • What Our Patients Are Saying About Us

    "As always, very excellent and professional service. We are very happy that Drs. Bowers and Oki took over this dental practice. We were patients of Dr. Cullen for so many years and were just happy to know that the same kind of professionalism is still with this office, with both the doctors, Mary, Cece and all the staff. Thanks" - Del

  • What Our Patients Are Saying About Us

    "Excellent dental care with a gentle, caring and professional approach. Be it a routine cleaning or repairing an old filling I have always felt comfortable and cared for. I wouldn't think of going anywhere else!" - P Gonzalez

Do I need to take antibiotic premedication before my dental appointment?

Guidelines for antibiotic premedication prior to dental procedures are constantly changing.  As such, we recommend patients consult with their physician regarding their individual case in order to decide what is best for them. Current guidelines for antibiotic premedication are as follows:

  • prosthetic cardiac valve or prosthetic material used for cardiac valve repair 
  • a history of infective endocarditis
  • a cardiac transplant that develops cardiac valvulopathy 
  • the following congenital (present from birth) heart disease:
    • unrepaired cyanotic congenital heart disease, including palliative shunts and conduits
    • a completely repaired congenital heart defect with prosthetic material or device, whether placed by surgery or by catheter intervention, during the first six months after the procedure
    • any repaired congenital heart defect with residual defect at the site or adjacent to the site of a prosthetic patch or a prosthetic device (that inhibit endothelialization)