In addition to deep cleaning and more frequent in-office visits, we may recommend oral or topical antibiotic therapies to reduce the number of bacteria in the mouth. Plaque is produced as a byproduct of bacteria, so by limiting the amount of bacteria, you decrease your risk for gum disease. Topical antibiotics are typically applied directly following a cleaning, and they will reduce the amount of oral bacteria between appointments. For severe infection related to gum disease, our dentist may prescribe an oral antibiotic prior to treatment to prevent the spread of infection. To learn more about antibiotic therapy in Carrollton, Texas, and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hattaway, call Indian Creek Dental at 972-836-8653.