Dr. Alan M. Polson's article on gingival and periodontal problems in children was most informative.1 However, I found the last sentence somewhat puzzling, i.e., "Antibiotics are a help in preventing secondary infection." I wonder if the author could (1) provide evidence to substantiate his suggestion that secondary bacterial infection occur with acute herpetic gingivostomatitis and (2) substantiate his claim that antibiotics prevent such a complication?

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