The body’s own bacteria have been shown to be effective in killing some oral infections. New research shows antibiotics kill this ‘good bacteria’, preventing their protection of our gums and teeth.

Key takeaways:

– As with many infections, if certain oral infections are left untreated they will clear away on their own.

– Our natural defences are effective in fighting infection and inflammation in the mouth.

– Consult your dentist about use of antibiotics.

“Scientists have long known that overuse of antibiotics can do more harm than good. For example, overuse can cause antibiotic resistance. But research into this phenomenon in oral health was uncharted territory.”

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Dr. Rizwan Khawaja BDS (University of Manchester)

Dr Rizwan Khawaja, also known as Riz by his patients, graduated from the University of Manchester in 2010. Since qualifying he has worked across Cheshire in practices, specialist centres and treatment centres.

As a certified dentist in Inman Aligner treatments, Riz has a passion for cosmetic dentistry. He is also working towards specializing in restorative dentistry in the near future.

In his spare time, he can be found on the golf course or at Old Trafford, supporting his beloved football club, Manchester United.

He also loves travel and considers himself as a bit of a foodie!