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Doctor insights on: Flucloxacillin For Tooth Gum Infection

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Is flucloxacillin ok for post wisdom tooth extraction infection?

Is flucloxacillin ok for post wisdom tooth extraction infection?

Not Usually: The dentist who takes out your tooth will determine whether you need followup antibiotics. Levofloxacin
is not usually the best antibiotic for this purpose. If the doctor feels it's needed (s)he will write a prescription for the proper medicine. ...Read more

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Can I use amoxicillin after I have been using flucloxacillin (3days) for tooth infection? Amoxicillin was prescribed by the doctor.

Can I use amoxicillin after I have been using flucloxacillin (3days) for tooth infection? Amoxicillin was prescribed by the doctor.

Antibiotics: Antibiotics only treat the symptoms of the infection but to not actually cure your problem. Did your dentist examine you, the tooth in question, and then prescribe the medications? If so, then your concerns should be addressed to the dentist who is treating you. ...Read more

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What is gingivostomatitis (tooth/gum infection)?

What is gingivostomatitis (tooth/gum infection)?

Infection: It is an infection of the oral mucosa and the gingiva that leads to swelling and sores. It is most common among children and it can be caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 or the coxsackie virus. ...Read more

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Gingivostomatitis (tooth/gum infection), what is this?

Gingivostomatitis (tooth/gum infection), what is this?

Gingivostomatitis: General term for an infection of the mouth and gums with sores, lack of appetite, bad breath, fever. Caused by the virus that causes cold sores and seen in people with poor oral hygiene. Treatment is to manage the symptoms so see your md or dentist. ...Read more

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Had tooth #32 extracted 12 days ago...large hole in gum. How long should it take to close completely...worry about re-infection. Thanks!

Had tooth #32 extracted 12 days ago...large hole in gum. How long should it take to close completely...worry about re-infection. Thanks!

Keep it clean: Since it's been 12 days already you are not at risk for a "dry socket." That occurs when the blood clot gets dislodged and allows for the bone to be exposed. Just keep the area clean. Rinsing with warm salt water or Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) (anti microbial) after meals for about a minute and expectorating it will allow for the bone and gym to heal in normally. You should be just fine:) ...Read more

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Please help! Does chewing on raw garlic help with a tooth/gum infection?

No, see a dentist: There is no scientific evidence to suggest that you can treat an active tooth/gum infection with raw garlic. See your dentist for diagnosis and professional care. ...Read more

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Can you get an abscess/infection on the gum where the tooth was taken out?

Can you get an abscess/infection on the gum where the tooth was taken out?

Possible: Sometimes if the infection is severe, there can be residual infection in the gum. The site may have to be surgically cleaned/washed out and antibiotics will be prescribed. ...Read more

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Tooth extracted 12/3 just noticed knot on gums, slight pain not bad infection or normal?

Tooth extracted 12/3 just noticed knot on gums, slight pain not bad infection or normal?

Probably normal: It is possible to get a collection of blood, a hematoma, after surgery. This will typically self resolve and improve each day and week. If not, have your dentist or oral surgeon evalaluate for infection. ...Read more

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Roots of a top tooth left in my top side gum and has caused infection after infection@ pain side of palate. How wil they b removed?

Roots of a top tooth left in my top side gum and has caused infection after infection@ pain side of palate. How wil they b removed?

Oral surgeon: Please consult an oral surgeon to see if these roots can be removed. The removal of some roots on the top jaw can lead to sinus troubles and more complicated infections known as oroantral fistulas. ...Read more

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Had apicoectomy w/ cyst removal 5wk ago. Tooth/gum still don't feel right. Os says no sign of infection but didn't re-xay. Should I get a 2nd opinion?

Be patient: If no infection found, no x-rays are needed. Even though an apicoectomy is considered minor surgery, many people say that recovering from it takes 4-8 weeks. Take care. ...Read more

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Can gum or tooth infection cause numbness in head?

Maybe: Infections can spread from teeth to other parts of the body so see your md or dentist asap and get the infection treated. ...Read more

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Is amoxicillin effective against tooth/gum infections?

Is amoxicillin effective against tooth/gum infections?

Yes: It is very effective. However, your dentist will need to treat your gums and tooth to ensure that the infections do not reoccur. ...Read more

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After having a back tooth extracted 3 weeks ago... I still have pain and inflamed gums... Do I have an infection?

After having a back tooth extracted 3 weeks ago... I still have pain and inflamed gums... Do I have an infection?

Possibly: Approximate healing time is usually up to 10 days, but it may depend upon the severity of the extraction and if infection was already present. I would call the dentist/oral surgeon and get back in asap. ...Read more

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I have a large bump on the top left side of my gums on the 2nd to last tooth. Its large and growing. Is it a gum or tooth infection?

I have a large bump on the top left side of my gums on the 2nd to last tooth. Its large and growing. Is it a gum or tooth infection?

Likely: Best get to a dentist to have it evaluated. The most likely explanation is infection. If it is food packed in your gums it may self correct if the food can be dislodged but if a tooth is infected internally or if you have periodontal disease, you will need dental treatment. ...Read more

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My daughter has a white thing on her top gums above her tooth. What could it be? She had one tooth pulled due to infection a few weeks ago

My daughter has a white thing on her top gums above her tooth. What could it be? She had one tooth pulled due to infection a few weeks ago

It: It could be an abcess but also a normal blanching of the gum tissue where the permanent tooth is approaching the surface. When in doubt, check it out. ...Read more

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Had IBS for a year. Tried diets not worked. I recently found out that have a infection in gum above tooth, could this be a cause of the ibs? Thankyou.

Had IBS for a year. Tried diets not worked. I recently found out that have a infection in gum above tooth, could this be a cause of the ibs? Thankyou.

Not Likely: The infection on your gum is almost certainly due to bacteria- an old filling could be breaking down or you have not been cleaning your teeth enough. The stress of the ibs may be making you more susceptible to dental infections by reducing the effectiveness of your immune system. ...Read more

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I got a tooth pulled out today and was in a lot of pain I had a infection deep down in my gum I'm in a lot of pain after my tooth has been removed why?

I got a tooth pulled out today and was in a lot of pain I had a infection deep down in my gum I'm in a lot of pain after my tooth has been removed why?

Nerve endings: You are in pain because the nerve endings in that area have been traumatized and are inflamed. Just because your tooth was extracted does not mean that the pain instantly disappears. You were infected and were in a lot of pain going into the procedure... it will take time for your body to heal. You'll need to take pain meds in the meantime to alleviate your discomfort. Feel better soon.. ...Read more

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My gum got injured during dental impression. The DA purposely hurt me with a wrong size tray. Could that damage my tooth nerve & cause me gum infection??

My gum got injured during dental impression. The DA purposely hurt me with a wrong size tray. Could that damage my tooth nerve & cause me gum infection??

The: Dental assistant tries to use the smallest tray that will do the job because an over large tray will extend too far back and make you wretch or gag. Often the contour of the bone under the gums is such that a very slightly too small tray will dig into the gum. (S)he was trying to make you more comfortable, not hurt you on purpose.
At the most, your gum was scratched. It will heal quickly. ...Read more

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Advice? Would probiotics get rid of a tooth/gum infection?

Definitely, no: There is no scientific evidence to suggest that you can treat an active or chronic tooth/gum infection with probiotics. See your dentist for a professional care. ...Read more

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A small ulcer on the tooth gums. And have some pass coming out. Isit gums problem or due to any infection?

Ginigivitis: See a dentist ASAP. Healthy gums are essential for dental health and can impair the integrity of your teeth. This should be seen and managed by your dentist as quickly as possible. Dental infections have the risk of becoming severe and extending to other areas. ...Read more

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What do they normally do if you show up at an emergency room with a gum or tooth infection? Do they have dentists there?

What do they normally do if you show up at an emergency room with a gum or tooth infection? Do they have dentists there?

Treat the emergency: Some hospitals have dentists on staff, and some do not. In any case, in an emergency room, they will only treat the emergency, that is pain and/or swelling, most often with prescription medication, and tell you to see a dentist for definitive treatment. ...Read more

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How long it takes for swelling go down in m gums the dotcor said I have a gum infection from my wisdom tooth they gave me antobics?

How long it takes for swelling go down in m gums the dotcor said I have a gum infection from my wisdom tooth they gave me antobics?

Hard to tell: All depends on cause of infection, position of tooth and how soon you will have it removed. Antibiotics are a temporary fix to reduce swelling enough to remove tooth. ...Read more

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It hurts a lot from my gum/tooth infection so I have to have a root canal. It is still hurting just as much so how long do they take to work?

It hurts a lot from my gum/tooth infection so I have to have a root canal. It is still hurting just as much so how long do they take to work?

Root canals: Completed on a painful tooth almost always improve acute symptoms immediately. Depending on the amount of inflammation and infection that infiltrated into the tissues surrounding the tooth, symptoms can continue to aggravate u after the root canal. Medications are prescribed to fight this issue. There are many possibilities. If its been more than 5 days, return to your doctor. ...Read more

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Gingivitis. Gum goes over some of tooth. I was flossingand became thin, and the over lapping part ripped off. It looks fine now. How prvnt infection?

Gingivitis. Gum goes over some of tooth. I was flossingand became thin, and the over lapping part ripped off. It looks fine now. How prvnt infection?

Rinse: Rinse your mouth with salt water or listerine several times a day for a few days. If the gum area becomes more swollen, red, sore or pus develops, see your dentist. ...Read more

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I am unable to get a wisdom tooth disimpaction done right away. How best can I care for my gum that I keep biting in the mean time to keep infection away?

I am unable to get a wisdom tooth disimpaction done right away. How best can I care for my gum that I keep biting in the mean time to keep infection away?

If I were your doc..: If you have an infection in your gum due to a wisdom tooth. An antibiotic may be needed. It is important to remember that this will only temporarily control the swelling. The real treatment may be to treat the tooth or gum. You shouldn't think that the antibiotic is the treatment. ...Read more

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Small bump on my gum about 2 weeks after wisdom tooth removal. Is this an infection?

Small bump on my gum about 2 weeks after wisdom tooth removal. Is this an infection?

Generally Not: It is generally part of the healing tissue that will take several weeks to heal. It heals from the inside out and not from the outside in. ...Read more

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Gum pain where tooth was extracted years ago and seems like it's only happens when I have a cold or sinus infection why?

Gum pain where tooth was extracted years ago and seems like it's only happens when I have a cold or sinus infection why?

Referred pain: People who get sinus infections often have pain referred to upper teeth or adjacent areas of the mouth. This is not uncommon. Branches of the same nerve may transmit pain and the exact origin of the pain cannot always be interpreted exactly by our brains. ...Read more