Using Mouthwashes and Antibiotics to Clear up Gum Disease
If you have recently visited your best dentist and been diagnosed with gum disease, then your dentist may have prescribed special mouthwashes and antibiotics to help clear up this condition. It’s essential to follow their instructions carefully, especially when using mouthwashes in your dental care regime. You should always take a complete course of antibiotics, as bacteria can become resistant to medicines, and when this happens they will no longer be so effective for treating gum disease.
Antibiotics Kill Plaque Bacteria
Antibiotics are effective for killing plaque bacteria, so taking the antibiotics should greatly reduce the amount of plaque in your mouth. Using these antibiotics can help to reverse the gum disease, and gives your gums a chance to heal. Antibiotics can be prescribed in a number of different forms to treat dental diseases, as they can either be topical in that they are applied directly on the gums, or they can be taken orally either in the form of capsules or as a mouthwash.
In cases where the gum disease is far advanced, the gums may have pulled away from the teeth, creating areas called periodontal pockets. These areas are perfect breeding grounds for bacteria. In such severe cases, antibiotics can be inserted into the periodontal pockets where they can directly attack the plaque bacteria.
It’s also possible to obtain medicated toothpastes which contain an antibacterial ingredient that helps to reduce gingivitis and plaque when used regularly, and might be worth asking your best dentist if this product is suitable for your dental care regime.
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