It is important for anyone taking antibiotics to know exactly what they do and what they are meant to achieve. This type of medication is geared at destroying bacteria. However in the process of destroying bacteria it does at times have a negative effect on a persons immune system which exists naturally to fight and ward off bad bacteria from multyplying. If you can prevent this from happening then you wont have that much of a problem.
When you are using antibiotics for a tooth infection it is ususally as a result of an Abscess which has formed due to a range of reasons. This can lead to all types of gum diseases and ultimate tooth loss. This is why dentists move to have any abscess removed surgically before other complication occur.
Antibiotics for a tooth infection include drugs like Periostat
There is a new weapon in the age old battle with gum disease, tooth infection and tooth loss and it is now a popular member of the family of antibiotics for a tooth infection. From time to time, dental research provides oral health care professionals with materials and treatments that represent significant advances in oral health care. There is now such a therapy available for the treatment of gum disease. This therapy is an FDA-approved medication called Periostat ®
(doxycycline hyclate) 20mg capsules.
Periostat is a small capsule and is taken orally, along with a tall glass of water, twice a day. It helps fight gum disease by addressing an “internal” cause of the disease, specifically a group of tissue-destroying enzymes that attack the gum and bone supporting your teeth. Periostat should be used as a part of a comprehensive gum treatment plan that we do here in the office which includes scaling and root planing (SRP.) SRP is a deep-cleaning procedure that thoroughly removes bacterial deposits that accumulate on the external surfaces of your teeth, above and below the gum line. SRP is an external treatment that addresses an “outside” cause of the disease. Periostat, on the other hand, is a product that addresses the “inside” cause of the disease. By combining SRP and Periostat, we can now treat the disease in two different ways, hitting the disease from the “outside-in,” and at the same time from the “inside-out.” These combined therapies have proven to result in a better clinical outcome and have been shown to help slow the progression of the disease. Periostat is not a “cure all” and is available by prescription only. However, for many people with periodontal disease, Periostat brings a new perspective to periodontal disease management. If you’d like, we can see whether Periostat is an appropriate addition to your current periodontal treatment plan. Just call our office for a consultation appointment.
A few notables:
Cosmetic Imaging – A computer program now allows dentists to take a digital photo of your smile and show you what your new smile would look like before we even begin. With this computer program dentists can change the shape, size, position color and brightness. Power Whitening – More and more people are getting their teeth whitened. With new techniques it’s easy and produces a dazzling white smile. You will possibly have no need for antibiotics for a tooth infection.
Procera – Strong metal free caps that give you a natural vibrant look. A revolutionary new type of cap is made by laser scanning the prepared tooth die into a computer which directs a milling machine to make a near perfect fitting cap of all porcelain. It is nearly as strong as the older metal reinforced caps. Belleglass onlays – Replace those unsightly black metal fillings with a natural looking tooth colored bonded onlay. The new material is a composite that is laboratory cured to be tough and durable.
GINKO MAY CAUSE BLEEDING- Ginkgo Biloba is a herb that is said to amielorate apersons mental alertness and improve blood circulation. A new report from the Academy of General Dentistry warns that according to recent studies regular use of ginkgo biloba may cause gums to bleed. More studies are underway but for now, if you are taking Ginko-you need your gums checked!
All there is to know about toothbrushes to prevent the need for antibiotics for a tooth infection
• Always use a soft toothbrush with rounded or polished bristles.
• Replace brushes every three months.
• Let your brushes dry out before using again.
• Have 2-3 brushes and alternate.
• Brush at least 2 times a day and before bed.
• Brush all surfaces of the teeth.
• Concentrate on where the gum meets the tooth.
• Use a “rock and roll” motion.
• Brush at least 2-3 minutes by the clock.
• Brush or scrape the surface of the top of the tongue.
• Don’t forget to floss too.
Picture of an abscess treated by antibiotics for a tooth infection
Keeping healthy oral hygiene habits can prevent the need for antibiotics for a tooth infection later down in life.