Antibiotics/Antimicrobials for Gum Disease
How It Works
Antibiotics kill bacteria. Reference Plaque Opens New Window contains bacteria, so antibiotics will reduce the amount of plaque in your mouth. This can reverse Reference gum disease Opens New Window and allow your gums to heal.
Dentists prescribe Reference antibiotics Opens New Window 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 Reference gingivitis Opens New Window when used regularly. Ask your dentist if this type of product would help you.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: August 5, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Adam Husney, MD, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Steven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry