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How Antibiotic Therapy Can Treat Gum Disease

Posted in Gum Disease

Gum disease (periodontal disease) happens when several factors coincide, such as:

  • Plaque buildup
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Lifestyle choices
  • Compromised immune system
  • Concentration of disease-causing bacteria in the mouth
  • Poor oral hygiene

If gum disease is affecting your life, then you’re probably looking for a solution.

The surest method to-date is that of mechanically removing the bacteria through a deep cleaning.

Antibiotic Adjuncts

But isn’t there just some rinse you can swish to kill the bacteria? Actually, this won’t work. Bacteria protect themselves in a slimy coating that they produce. Rinses can’t penetrate this layer to remove it from your teeth.

However, a concentrated antibiotic just might.

After a deep cleaning, your dentist may prescribe a local antibiotic. It’s a small dose of powder or microscopic capsules that’s placed directly next to a badly infected site. The antibiotic should not be disturbed for several days to allow it to take effect.

Can you just choose to have an antibiotic instead of other treatments? No. It’s something your dentist will provide only after you’ve had all the other possible irritants removed. Otherwise, it likely won’t be as effective. And if given too often, you run the risk of building antibiotic resistance – creating more trouble!

Prevention – The Very Best Treatment

Preventing gum disease in the first place is the ideal solution. Brush at least twice a day and keep flossing a part of your daily routine. Use an antimicrobial rinse to help slow down plaque development, if your dentist feels it’s okay for you.

If you need treatment for gum disease, your dentist may recommend antibiotic therapy in addition to a deep cleaning. To find out which procedure is best, you need a full gum examination. Schedule yours today.

Posted on behalf of:
Pacific Sky Dental
6433 Mission St
Daly City, CA 94014
(650) 353-3130

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