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.
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
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.)
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.
Complete the new medication information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you understand this medication.
August 5, 2011
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD, MD - Family Medicine & Steven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
To learn more visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2013 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
We are happy to take your appointment request over the phone, or, you may fill out an online request form.
Disclaimer: The information on this website is for general informational purposes only and SHOULD NOT be relied upon as a substitute for sound professional medical advice, evaluation or care from your physician or other qualified health care provider.