All About Antibiotics
Because we’re concerned about more than your teeth…
If you’re a woman taking oral contraceptives, it’s understandable that you might not wish to mention this prior to a dental procedure. But it’s truly important that we know, and here’s why:
Your dental procedure may include an antibiotic prescription to fight bacterial infection. It’s known that some broad-spectrum antibiotics can reduce the effectiveness of a birth control pill, increasing the chance of pregnancy.
Antibiotics are wonderful weapons against infection, but they have their limitations. A few valuable suggestions:
- If you start, don’t stop. Whether you’re prescribed an antibiotic by us or your physician, don’t stop taking them just because you “feel better.” There’s a chance the most resistant bacteria will remain and multiply.
- Don’t take leftovers. An old antibiotic on the shelf might not be right to fight your current infection. In fact, it may permit bacteria to grow and delay your recovery.
- Don’t take antibiotics for a cold or flu. It won’t work against these viral infections.
Think first. Keep in mind the potential of interaction between antibiotics and other prescription products—such as contraceptives—you’re taking at the same time. Make sure we know all about you and your medical condition before we prescribe!
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Dr. Angela Burns moved to Austin 10 years ago and instantly fell in love with our beautiful city. Dr. Burns is originally from the Texarkana area. She attended Texas A&M for her undergraduate degree and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center for her degree in dental surgery (DDS). Dr. Burns is committed to providing her patients with gentle, technologically advanced dental treatment. She attends an average of 60 hours of continuing education every year. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Texas Dental Association, and the Capital Area Dental Society. Dr. Burns and her husband, Gary, have an 11-year-old daughter, Sydney, who is a proud 6th grader at Hill Country Middle School. She is also very involved in the Eanes PTO, her church, and loves raising her family in the Westlake community. “Growing up, I was drawn to mediating and helping others feel more included and less anxious. I was a camp counselor, student government officer and being the oldest of five, I was the family mediator. I found that I had a calling to help alleviate stressful situations for others and realized that being a good listener was something that was key to this. These skills really helped guide me into becoming a dentist that has based my practice on relationships, empathy and a sense of comfort. I knew that I wanted to provide an atmosphere that felt like home when others walked in. Our practice is small, personal and state of the art and we hope you feel like you’re hanging out with friends when you are here!” When she is not practicing dentistry, Dr. Burns enjoys traveling, hiking the greenbelt, enjoying Austin’s music scene, and eating Amy’s Ice Cream.