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 FAQ - Diseases and Disease Agents - Archived Through 2012



What are the risks involved with having dental work done following a recent illness?    

If patients or practitioners have concerns regarding dental care for recently ill individuals or individuals with chronic health conditions, the patient's physician should be consulted before undertaking any dental treatment. Conditions requiring premedication, interruption of existing medications, or avoidance of certain medications to prevent adverse interactions may be present. Such considerations should be ruled out or accommodated prior to dental treatment. The Hospital Infections Practice Action Committee (HICPAC) has published guidelines that provide suggested work restrictions for healthcare personnel exposed to, or infected with diseases important in the healthcare setting. These guidelines could also provide a rationale basis for deferring treatment on infected patients.(1)

(1) Bolyard EA, Tablan OC, Williams WW, Pearson ML, Shapiro CN, Deithman SD. HICPAC. Guideline for infection control in health care personnel, 1998. Am J Infec Control 1998;26(3):289-354. Available at


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