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Approved Drugs Commonly Used in Dentistry

Like any medical practice, dentistry uses certain drugs. These drugs, for the most part, have approval for the profession. Each of them serve functions such as easing pain, relieving anxiety, and treating infections.

Generally, drugs used in dentistry have classifications as anti-inflammatory, anesthetic, antiseptic, and antibiotic.


Anti-inflammatory drugs relieve discomfort and redness of the mouth and gums. Corticosteroids are one example, which are only available by prescription. Among the brand names of corticosteroids used are Orabase, Oracort, and Oralone.


Anesthetic drugs relieve irritation or pain in the mouth caused by conditions including teething and toothache. These drugs are available through prescription or over the counter as aerosol sprays, lozenges, ointments, and more. Examples of popular brands are Ambesol, Orajel, and Xylocaine.


Antiseptic drugs rinse the mouth of plaque and germs. Generally available over the counter, these drugs can be used to treat gingivitis or inflammation of the gums as well as bad breath caused by germs in the mouth.


Antibiotic drugs are designed to treat infections. These drugs are especially applicable for cases of periodontal disease caused by bacteria. Sample brand names are Atridox (doxycycline) and Irgasan DP300 (triclosan).

The type of drug to apply will depend on the situation. A dentist’s diagnosis will decide which of the drugs mentioned are applicable.


February 24, 2014 - Posted by | Cosmetic Dentistry, General Dentistry, Oral Hygiene | , , ,

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