I have bad teeth and no matter if I brush/floss regularly & don't eat sweets & quit drinking pop I am still getting pain that is usually associated with infection. I can't remember what antibiotics I was given for my teeth I have clindamycin and cephalexin. All I remember is the Doctor telling me the antibiotics he gave were ones that were good for infection that goes down to bones so does anyone know which out of these that would be?
Which antibiotics are best for tooth infection cephalexin or clindamycin?
Question posted by ntvangel69 on 18 Dec 2014
Last updated on 12 April 2020 by Mackintosh
Clindamycin. This is what I have been prescribed for chronic tooth infection issues for several years now, and my trusted PCP also told me he prefers it over other antibiotics for a tooth infection, especially if patient is resistant to Amoxicillin and/or Penicillin is ineffective (I fall into both of those categories; btw, Penicillin is ineffective in about 30% of people). Clindamycin has always cleared my tooth infections up quickly.
I was prescribed Clindamycin 150mg for my tooth infection as far as antibiotics and tramadol and ibuprofen 800.
Keflex and Cillin class antibiotics are most commonly ordered for my patients with abscess teeth or gums. Ask your doc for diflucan to go along with it to keep yeast at bay that are caused by these antibiotics. Also if the abscess is oozing they will culture it to see what antibiotics it’s sensitive to. Please don’t pop it or squish it (for lack of a better term) as the infection can enter your blood system and you can become septic.
Both antibiotics are good for dental infections. However, if severe would recc the antirobe( clindamycin ). Moderate infection use keflex( cephalexin) but make sure with the prescribing physician that both the concentration and signalment are correct for the infection you have.
I am taking cephalexin 500mg 4 times a day for one week for tooth abscess
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 300 MG CAP.is the drug of choice for gingivitis ,tooth pocet,deep tooth root
I know that for gum infections they prescribe amoxicillin in combination with metronidazole.
Hiya. I just got home from my doctors. I have an abscess on roof of my mouth from a bad infection. First it had to be lanced, and the medicine I have is APO-CEPHALEX 500MG 4x a day. Plus a naproxen 700mg for pain. Quite painful. Hope this helps
Clindamycin would be the correct choice. This drug is effective on anaerobic bacteria. Keflex (cephalexinis )not. Keflex is a strong antibiotic good for cellulitis but not effective on typical Anaerobic ( non oxygen using) bacteria as are common with tooth access etc.
You should see a professional... if pain goes away it doesn't mean infection is gone. The nerve might be dead. Very serious medical problems can occur if you let it go.
Your gone get root canal done so medaicine so
Clindamycin is a first-line antibiotic for dental infections especially for those allergic to penicillin. Also, one of the most common bacteria for dental infections has become resistant to penicillins/amoxicillins.
I encourage you to see a dentist even if you "have bad teeth". It is not normal to have mouth pain nor bad teeth. I don't know if you are still suffering; I hope not.
Kelly Keller NP
Just wondering why you have antibiotics left over, you should alwys take all to keep infection from coming back. I have bad teeth also, so I know what you are going through. There is little help with dental care insurance, only pay 50% for dentures.
So sorry, that is bad pain, when I had it I took cephalexin 500mg for seven days hope this helps, and you get to feeling better soon.
Bactrim or how ever its spelled
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