Antibiotics and Dental Care
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What are antibiotics?
Antibiotics are medicines for treating bacterial infections that have made many modern medical and dental procedures possible. But when antibiotics are used incorrectly or too frequently, bacteria can develop resistance to these drugs, making them less effective.
Do you need antibiotics when going to the dentist?
It is important to only use antibiotics when they are needed. While antibiotics are warranted for some dental procedures, many toothaches and oral infections do not require antibiotics. However, based on your procedure and medical history, your dentist may recommend an antibiotic. Always let your dentist know about any medical conditions or changes to your health.
What can you do?
The best way to ensure you don’t need antibiotics for oral infections is to prevent them in the first place. Establishing a daily mouth care routine, eating well and visiting your dentist regularly are all important steps in preventing dental disease.
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