The Winter 2012 Newsletter from the American Association of Endodontists is packed with the newest information on myths surrounding antibiotic use in dentistry. Let’s look at three myths.
Myth #1: Antibiotics cure patients. According to research, antibiotics do not cure. They only help to restore the balance between the patient’s defense and the invading bug.
Myth #2: Antibiotics are a substitute for other dental treatment . It is rare that antibiotics are a good substitute for the removal of the cause of the infection – root canal therapy, extraction, drainage, etc.
Myth # 3: The important decision is which antibiotic to use. Instead, the most important decision is whether to use an antibiotic at all. Again, many mouth infections can be solved by dental treatment and not antibiotics.