How Do Dental Antimicrobials Work?

Reviewed on 6/14/2021

WHAT ARE DENTAL ANTIMICROBIALS AND HOW DO THEY WORK?

Dentists use antimicrobials to treat tooth infections. Tetracyclines are the most commonly used antibiotics to treat dental infections. They only work against bacterial infections and never against viral infections. Tetracyclines interfere with the bacteria’s ability to produce certain vital proteins that are beneficial for bacterial growth. Thus, rather than killing bacteria, they inhibit their growth.

HOW ARE DENTAL ANTIMICROBIALS USED?

Dentists use antimicrobials for:

WHAT ARE SIDE EFFECTS OF DENTAL ANTIMICROBIALS?

The side effects of antimicrobials when used for dental purposes include:

The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible side effects, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure these drugs do not cause any harm when you take them along with other medicines. Never stop taking your medication and never change your dose or frequency without consulting your doctor.

WHAT ARE DRUG NAMES OF DENTAL ANTIMICROBIALS?

Generic and brand names of dental antimicrobial drugs include:

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References
https://reference.medscape.com/drugs/antimicrobials-dental

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