Infection and heart disease - my dentists have always pre medicated me (penicillin) due to the fact that I have a prolapsed valve. And because I know about this connection, I won't see a dentist who won't.

Thing is - when teeth are professionally cleaned, this kicks up a lot of bacteria in the mouth which can get into the blood stream through bleeding or swallowing. Maybe everyone should be pre-medicated?

Those who neglect their dental health altogether ... maybe at higher risk for other health related problems?

I don't know - but it keeps me brushing, flossing and in the chair every six months pre medicated of course .. haven't had so much as a cold in years (knock on wood).