Just like your family doctor, your dentist may work with dental specialists to provide you with the best care possible.Learn more »
Prevent problems early. Your child's first dental visit should occur by age one or within six months of when you see the first tooth.Learn more »
Dental care during pregnancy is not only safe, regular dental visits support your health and your baby's.Learn more »
Most dental disease is preventable—starting with these five steps to take at home.Learn more »
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Your dentist may recommend a number of treatment options to replace missing teeth, such as a denture.Learn more »
Antibiotics are medicines that may be prescribed to fight infections caused by bad bacteria. While antibiotics can be helpful, if overused, or used incorrectly, the bacteria may develop antibiotic resistance. In this case the use of antibiotics is no longer helpful to kill the bad bacteria and may even cause more harm by killing the good bacteria.
It is important to only use antibiotics when they are needed. Most common dental procedures do not require antibiotics. However, based on your procedure and medical history, your dentist may recommend an antibiotic. Always ensure you let your dentist know about any medical conditions or changes to your health.
The best way to ensure you don’t need antibiotics for oral infections is to prevent them in the first place. Establishing a daily mouth care routine, eating well and visiting your dentist regularly are all important in preventing dental disease.
The British Columbia Dental Association in partnership with the BC Centre for Disease Control Antibiotic Wise community education program, have created the following handout outlining the use of antibiotics in dentistry and when they may be used.
To learn more about antibiotic resistance and use visit antibioticwise.ca