Toothache from Gum Infections

Gum infections can be a source of toothache. The problems that they cause can be very uncomfortable but the good news is that there are
Periodontal disease is caused by specific types of bacteria. Killing these bacteria can help to prevent and treat the disease.

Antiseptics
Bacteria can grow and form clusters or colonies on the tongue and tonsils and in the saliva. Mouth rinses can control the excess growth of bacteria. The goal is to prevent them from causing disease. These rinses contain:

Alcohol
Chlorhexidine
Povodine iodine
0.1% sodium hypochloride

Rinses also can be used at home to wash out the pockets around the teeth with irrigation devices.

Antibiotics
Dentists often prescribe antibiotics to treat an acute gum infection called an abscess. A periodontist also may use antibiotics for some cases of gum disease that are hard to treat. They include:

Necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (NUG), a rare form of periodontal disease that becomes severe very quickly
Severe forms of periodontitis (advanced gum disease)
Periodontal disease that has not improved with other types of treatment
Periodontal disease in people who have weakened immune systems

The type of antibiotic prescribed depends upon the exact type of the bacteria. Several antibiotics have been used to treat aggressive periodontal disease. They include:

Penicillins
Tetracyclines-HCL
Doxycycline
Metronidazole
Ciprofloxacin
Clindamycin

Most of the time, the first treatment for periodontal disease is scaling and root planing. This combined approach can successfully treat many forms of periodontal disease.

Dental Concierge