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Gum Infection Treatment Options

How to Treat a Gum Infection

The main cause of gum disease is from the buildup of plaque, which is an invisible layer of germs. This is a sticky layer it is common on your teeth and gums. Plaque has bacteria in it, the type of bacteria in plaque make toxins that can irritate and possibly damage the gums. There are hundreds of different types of bacteria that live in the mouth. With that being said it is hard to keep plaque completely gone. Read below where Experts have answered many questions pertaining to gum infections and how to cure them.

Can Clindamycin hydrochloride be used for gum infection or abscess?

In many cases, Clindamycin can be used as a temporary withhold for the dental infection for individuals who are allergic to penicillin. If the individual is not allergic to penicillin, penicillin V or amoxicillin can be better and ever more effective. For an adult 300 milligrams, three times a day would be the normal dose. Taking clindamycin can cause a threat to overgrowth of bacteria in the bowel. Antibiotics alone may not cure a dental infection they will only help reduce the severity.

What can an individual do for pain caused by severe gum infection, if over-the-counter medications are not easing the pain?

If taking over-the-counter medication is not cutting the pain, you might try taking something stronger. You may also want to start using mouth rinse/mouthwash. This is a very helpful in fighting gum infection. Use it twice a day after brushing your teeth in the morning and before bed. Another thing you can start doing is rinsing with hot salt water for about two minutes every few hours, this can give relief to your irritated gums. This solution can make is easier to locate and drain the pus pockets and assist in clearing the infection. You can also apply heat to the tissue which will help reduce pain. You will want to keep your mouth very clean, you might even want to rinse your mouth with water after every meal. Try to avoid eating spicy, hard and hot foods.

Can azithromycin be used to treat a tooth or gum infection?

Taking azithromycin (Z-pack) will help with an oral infection. You may need to take it for at least five days. A Z-pack will contain enough for at least five days. This is only a temporary fix for the gum infection. The antibiotics may reduce the symptoms but only to a certain extent. After a while, the antibiotics will not have any effect. Do not take more than the recommended dose considering your body can become immune to the antibiotic.

How long will it take for penicillin and metronidazole to start working for gum infections?

Most antibiotics will take anywhere from 24 to 48 hours before they can even start to take effect. After that time phrase passes and you are still not feeling better you may have a bacteria that is unaffected by the antibiotics. You might want to have your prescription changed. 

Do you need to know how to treat your gum infection without having to go to the dentist right away? Antibiotics and mouth rinse can help for a while but eventually the cause of the infection will have to be addressed. Dental Experts are available online for your convenience day or night to answer any questions you have.

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