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Can Cephalexin treat an abscess in the mouth or gum infection?

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Oct 17, 2023.

Is cephalexin monohydrate 500 mg used to treat mouth abscesses or gum infections?

Official answer


Yes, Cephalexin can be used to treat tooth abscess and gum infections.

Cephalexin is in a group of drugs called cephalosporins antibiotics and is used to fight bacteria infections in the body. It works by interfering with the bacteria's cell wall formation, causing it to rupture, and killing the bacteria.

Cephalexin is used to treat infections caused by bacteria, including upper respiratory infections, ear infections, skin infections, and urinary tract infections.

Cephalexin is a prescription medicine so should only be used for dental infections after consultation with a Dentist.

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