Q Can i get an­tibi­otics from my Gp for a re­cur­rent den­tal in­fec­tion?

Woman's Weekly (UK) - - Health -

A Re­cent fig­ures show that around 380,000 GP con­sul­ta­tions a year in­volve den­tal prob­lems, putting ex­tra pres­sure on GP ap­point­ments.

But it’s not in your best in­ter­ests to see a doc­tor, as they aren’t trained to deal with den­tal prob­lems (apart from pre­scrib­ing painkillers), and par­tial or tem­po­rary treat­ment with an­tibi­otics could even put your teeth at risk.

Doc­tors and den­tists must cross-re­fer to each other where ap­pro­pri­ate (den­tists are trained to recog­nise oral health prob­lems, in­clud­ing dry mouth syn­drome, nu­tri­tional de­fi­cien­cies and can­cer). But while it may ap­pear that ‘pain equals in­fec­tion equals an­tibi­otics’, it’s es­sen­tial to find out whether it re­ally is an in­fec­tion, whether it may have spread into the bone, and what ad­di­tional den­tal treat­ment may be needed to pre­vent se­ri­ous dam­age or re­cur­rence.

If you have dif­fi­culty find­ing a den­tist or get­ting ur­gent treat­ment, ring NHS 111 for ad­vice on local ser­vices.

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