The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
Correction: Major Changes in Endocarditis Prophylaxis for Dental, GI and GU Procedures
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Med Lett Drugs Ther. 2007 Dec 17;49(1276):104
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On page 100 of the article "Major Changes in Endocarditis Prophylaxis for Dental, GI and GU Procedures", under the section Highest-Risk Procedures, the word "rubber" should have been omitted. Placement of orthodontic rubber bands is not a highest-risk procedure that justifies prophylaxis; placement of orthodontic (metal) bands is. An orthodontic band is a metal ring that surrounds the tooth and is pressed into place causing movement in closely-spaced teeth and sometimes bleeding when the bands are placed close to the gumline.

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