It is not unusual, even today, to have patients ask for an antibiotic for a tooth ache or dental infection.
But I think most people today know that antibiotics are losing some of their effectiveness and usefulness. Many of my patients have allergies to one or more antibiotics. And in the news we hear of drug resistant bacteria causing serious infections that we have no drugs to help us fight. What has brought us to this point? Well, it's because antibiotics have been over used. Here's the thing. Antibiotics don't cure infections. Patients cure themselves. Antibiotics give your natural defense mechanisms a chance to catch up.