Written By Jennifer Raskin / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
Did you know that your dentist can prescribe antibiotics? They won’t always do so, but if you have an infected tooth or need a root canal, your dentist will likely insist on giving you dental antibiotics.
If you have a severe infection or it has spread, or you have weakened immunity, you will get antibiotics from your dentist. The type they will use will depend on the type of bacteria that has caused your infection. Antibiotics that come from the penicillin class are the most commonly prescribed.
Another antibiotic, metronidazole, may also be given. Your dentist may even prescribe it with penicillin to ensure all the bacterial species are eradicated. While these are common for tooth infections, if you are allergic, you must let your dentist know so that they can use something else.
Length for Taking Dental Antibiotics
Should your dentist report that you have a tooth infection and need antibiotics, you will likely need to take them for a week. Your dentist will go over how frequently to take it and how much to take per dose. Additionally, the pharmacist will go over further details.
It’s important to keep taking any prescribed antibiotics as instructed. It takes them time to work, plus even when you feel better and have medication leftover, you should still take it. Just because your symptoms disappear doesn’t mean that you’ve gotten rid of all the bacteria. Finish the entire prescription first.
Can I Take OTC Remedies Instead?
If you feel the kind of dental pain associated with an infected tooth, you’ll want to visit your dentist right away. It’s fairly obvious with throbbing pain in your tooth that will radiate through your entire jaw. You’ll likely have a fever too.
You will need a prescription for antibiotics from your dentist, but until you can get there to get checked out, you can take Tylenol or other OTC pain relievers. To help ease things in the mouth, you can gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water.
A key telltale sign of infection is sensitivity to hot or cold foods and trouble chewing. You should watch food and beverage temperatures and try to chew on the other side of your mouth.
The dangers of having an oral infection spread are very real, so don’t take a chance. It can spread to your brain which is far worse than having to see your dentist. You can also prevent this from arising by simply caring for your teeth as instructed by your dentist and making sure to have your dental exam every six months.
When it comes to dental antibiotics, not everyone will need them but when you do, be sure to take them as directed until they’re gone to ensure the infection is gone too!
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Jennifer Raskin is a freelance writer, wife and mom that loves cold weather despite her location in Florida, cooking, reading, watching ‘80s movies, weight-lifting, and wine tasting.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.