All About Antibiotics

Doctor Writing a PrescriptionBecause we’re concerned about more than your teeth…

If you’re a woman taking oral contraceptives, it’s understandable that you might not wish to mention this prior to a dental procedure. But it’s truly important that we know, and here’s why:

Your dental procedure may include an antibiotic prescription to fight bacterial infection. It’s known that some broad-spectrum antibiotics can reduce the effectiveness of a birth control pill, increasing the chance of pregnancy.

Antibiotics are wonderful weapons against infection, but they have their limitations. A few valuable suggestions:

  • If you start, don’t stop. Whether you’re prescribed an antibiotic by us or your physician, don’t stop taking them just because you “feel better.” There’s a chance the most resistant bacteria will remain and multiply.
  • Don’t take leftovers. An old antibiotic on the shelf might not be right to fight your current infection. In fact, it may permit bacteria to grow and delay your recovery.
  • Don’t take antibiotics for a cold or flu. It won’t work against these viral infections.

Think first. Keep in mind the potential of interaction between antibiotics and other prescription products—such as contraceptives—you’re taking at the same time. Make sure we know all about you and your medical condition before we prescribe!

About Binu Thomas, DDS

As the head of a boutique, patient focused practice in the heart of Orangevale, Dr. Binu Thomas has been practicing general dentistry for over 20 years. He graduated in the top of his class at dental school, and took advanced training in preventative pediatric dentistry. Over the years, he has trained under some of the best known cosmetic dentists in the nation. He has further advanced his skills and knowledge in endodontics (root canal), cosmetic dentistry, and oral surgery. His efficient, attentive services lead patients to feel well cared-for, no matter their dental needs. His professional team will show you the respect and attention you deserve from the moment you schedule your first appointment. Dr. Thomas has been married for over 20 years to his beautiful wife Aveena, and they have two wonderful children, Joshua and Ariyana. Dr. Thomas is very involved in his community and helps out at the local church, food closet and more.

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