Antibiotics kill bacteria. Plaque contains bacteria, so antibiotics will reduce the
amount of plaque in your mouth. This can reverse
gum disease and allow your gums to heal.
antibiotics in different forms to treat gum disease.
They can be applied directly on the gums (topical), swallowed as pills or
capsules, swished around on your teeth as mouthwash, or inserted into the
pockets of advanced gum disease. Some medicated toothpastes contain an
antibacterial ingredient that reduces plaque and
gingivitis when used regularly. Ask your dentist if
this type of product would help you.
Why It Is Used
To reduce bacteria in your
mouth, antibiotic mouthwash may be prescribed for use
after brushing and flossing.
Topical antibiotics may be prescribed to treat early-stage
gum disease (gingivitis) that cannot be slowed by improved brushing and
Topical antibiotics may be prescribed to treat
mild forms of advanced gum disease (periodontitis).
antibiotics may be inserted into the gum pocket for
Antibiotic pills or capsules may be prescribed to
treat moderate to severe periodontitis.
How Well It Works
If antibiotic treatment is combined
with proper brushing and flossing habits, gum disease can sometimes be stopped. Then gums can become pink and healthy again.
Some possible side effects of antibiotic
Shortness of breath.
swelling around the face.
Bad taste in the
Sometimes switching to a different medicine will reduce or
end these side effects.
See Drug Reference for a full list
of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
What To Think About
Antibiotic mouthwashes should not
be swallowed but swished around in your mouth and then spit out.
Bacteria that cause disease can become
resistant to medicines used to treat those diseases
or illnesses. When this happens, the medicines are no longer effective at
killing or controlling the bacteria that cause the disease. Be sure to take
antibiotics exactly as they are prescribed and for the exact amount of time
prescribed. And never use leftover antibiotics for a different illness.
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