TOOTHACHE: DENTIST OR ANTIBIOTIC?

23 July 2016

TOOTHACHE.
The dentist is the solution … not the antibiotic!

Often faced with a toothache you prefer to rely on your family doctor or pharmacist rather than consult your trusted dentist. As a result of its exit from the doctor’s office with a prescription for an antibiotic which in many cases is ineffective.
But the excessive use of antibiotics, in addition to not solving the problem (pain), favors the risk of antibiotic resistance.
The indiscriminate use of antibiotics associated or not with their under-dosing, explain Dentists ANDI, favors the occurrence of antimicrobial resistance with the consequence that some infections do not result in a single antibiotic therapy.
The confirmation comes from a study in the British Journal of General Practice which has monitored approximately 300,000 dental visits to the family doctor between 2004 and 2013 and found that in 57% of cases, antibiotics were prescribed.
However, many dental disorders involving pain are not to be treated with antibiotics but with specific dental therapies. The care that a patient with a toothache can receive from a GP through the drugs do not bring decisive and long-term benefits can aggravate the situation because the real trouble dragging over time.
In the case of toothache you must go to your trusted dentist, and even if the dentist decides to prescribe antibiotic therapy, this will do it having carefully assessed the type of dental infection present, bacterial agents that ‘ they have unleashed and possibly after removing the causative problem.
But the most useful solution to avoid pain is maintain a healthy mouth and teeth with an accurate home care and preventive regular visits to your dentist.

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