You don’t always need antibiotics at the dentist
Antibiotics are appropriate for some dental procedures. They are used to prevent or fight infections. Many toothaches and oral infections do not need antibiotics. Discuss options with your dentist. Always inform your dentist about any medical conditions or health changes.
What are antibiotics?
Antibiotics are medicines for treating bacterial infections. They play a vital part in modern medicine and dentistry. When taken incorrectly or overused, bacteria develop resistance to antibiotics. This means antibiotics do not work. This presents a global issue. When antibiotics for serious bacterial infections stop working, lives are lost.
How can I help?
Maintaining a healthy dental routine helps prevent oral infections that require antibiotics. Eat well, brush, floss and visit your dentist regularly. These are all important steps in preventing dental disease.
Sometimes you need antibiotics, but what if you don't? When you use antibiotics too often or incorrectly, bacteria can develop resistance.
Antibiotics fight and prevent infection. They revolutionized modern dentistry. But there are other effective ways to prevent infection.
Learn more about the use of antibiotics in dental practice, and why they may not be needed for every condition.
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