Choosing the right antibiotic for an oral infection is a crucial part of our job, but equally important is knowing when NOT to prescribe, and when to look for other causes beyond infection.
TMJ problems, trauma, tooth decay, immune system disorders, and even cardiovascular disease can produce symptoms in the mouth, and none of these will be helped by antibiotics. Quite the opposite in fact.
The most important service we can offer our patients is a careful and accurate diagnosis, and a complete discussion of the possible solutions. Only in this way can the problem be truly solved.