Systemic antibiotic therapy can be an important part of maintaining your health

Everyone’s mouth is full of bacteria. It is just a fact of life, Brushing, flossing and mouthwashes can help fight the bacteria in your mouth, but it is forming all the time. If you have an oral disease, or a medical condition that makes you prone to infection, Dr. Michael Mullen may suggest systemic antibiotic therapy in El Paso, Texas. Your oral health is tied to your overall health much more closely than you may think, and if you develop an abscess or have gum disease, you run the risk of developing an infection that can cause problems not just in your mouth or jaw, but in other parts of your body as well. Gum disease for example has been linked to cardiovascular and respiratory problem and create complications for people who live with diabetes.

We may also suggest systemic antibiotic therapy for patients who have artificial joints, or a mitral valve prolapse. If you are receiving a dental implant, you may receive antibiotic therapy as part of your post-procedure treatment.

While dentistry focuses on your mouth and teeth, your dentist is also concerned about your overall health, and sound dentistry recognizes the need to consider a person’s complete wellbeing. If you have questions about systemic antibiotic therapy, or the relationship between the health of your mouth and the rest of your body, we would be delighted to talk with you! To make an appointment for a consultation, call 915-593-1900 today.