Good oral hygiene is a way to keep your child healthy and free of infection. Before transplant, it is best to take care of cavities and other dental work. Regular dental check-ups are important to prevent infection, but should be avoided for the first six months after transplant when the amount of immunosuppressant medications are at their highest.
The transplant team will let you know when you may return for regular dental visits. Antibiotics must be taken as prescribed, before the dental visit, to prevent infection in the blood or heart. Notify your dentist of this when making the appointment for your child.